Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump
|Men's triple jump
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
|Venue||Estadio Olímpico Universitario|
|Competitors||34 from 24 nations|
|Winning distance||17.39 WR|
|Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
|80 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men|
|20 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The Men's triple jump competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico took place on October 16–17. With the best athletes jumping at high altitude in the Olympics, the world record was set multiple times. Prior to the event, Józef Szmidt had held the world record for eight years and also held the Olympic record since the previous Olympics.
The world and Olympic record were smashed in the qualifying round by Giuseppe Gentile, with a 17.10 on his second attempt (after fouling the first). It would prove to be his best jump in the competition.
The following day in the final, Gentile improved upon his record in the first round, jumping 17.22. In the third round, Viktor Saneyev improved upon the record by one centimeter. In the fifth round Nelson Prudêncio took the lead and the record. On his last attempt, Saneyev hit the winner and new record of 17.39 m (57 ft 0 1⁄2 in).
The record lasted for three years until it was improved upon by Pedro Pérez, also set at high altitude. One year later, Saneyev brought the record down to sea level with a 17.44 that lasted 3 years. In 1975 in this same stadium, João Carlos de Oliveira made a .45 m (1 ft 5 1⁄2 in) "beamonesque" improvement to the record that held for almost 10 years. The record was brought down to sea level by Willie Banks in 1985.
During the competition, five men exceeded the previous world record though Art Walker and Nikolay Dudkin's jumps were wind aided. Phil May and Szmidt jumped further than his Olympic record in sixth and seventh place respectively.
The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete jumped three times. At least the top twelve athletes moved on to the final; if more than twelve reached the qualifying distance, all who did so advanced. Distances were reset for the final round. Finalists jumped three times, after which the eight best jumped three more times (with the best distance of the six jumps counted).
Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Józef Szmidt (POL)||17.03 m||Olsztyn, Poland||August 5, 1960|
|Olympic record||16.85 m||Tokyo, Japan||October 16, 1964|
The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.
|16 August||Qualifying||Giuseppe Gentile (ITA)||17.10 m (56 ft 1 in)||OR||WR|
|17 August||Final||Giuseppe Gentile (ITA)||17.22 m (56 ft 5 3⁄4 in)||OR||WR|
|17 August||Final||Viktor Saneyev (URS)||17.23 m (56 ft 6 1⁄4 in)||OR||WR|
|17 August||Final||Nélson Prudêncio (BRA)||17.27 m (56 ft 7 3⁄4 in)||OR||WR|
|17 August||Final||Viktor Saneyev (URS)||17.39 m (57 ft 0 1⁄2 in)||OR||WR|
Qual. rule: qualification standard 16.10m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||A||Gentile, GiuseppeGiuseppe Gentile||Italy||X||17.10||–||17.10 WR||Q|
|2||B||Dia, MansourMansour Dia||Senegal||16.58||–||–||16.58||Q|
|3||B||Walker, ArtArt Walker||United States||16.49||–||–||16.49||Q|
|4||B||Prudêncio, NelsonNelson Prudêncio||Brazil||15.79||16.46||–||16.46||Q|
|5||A||May, PhilPhil May||Australia||16.32||–||–||16.32||Q|
|6||B||Stoykovski, GeorgiGeorgi Stoykovski||Bulgaria||15.26||X||16.24||16.24||Q|
|7||B||Saneyev, ViktorViktor Saneyev||Soviet Union||16.22||–||–||16.22||Q|
|8||A||Ciochină, ŞerbanŞerban Ciochină||Romania||15.93||16.07||16.21||16.21||Q|
|9||B||Areta, Luis FelipeLuis Felipe Areta||Spain||15.94||16.20||–||16.20||Q|
|10||B||Kugler, JoachimJoachim Kugler||West Germany||15.79||16.20||–||16.20||Q|
|11||A||Szmidt, JózefJózef Szmidt||Poland||X||16.19||–||16.19||Q|
|12||B||Kalocsai, HenrikHenrik Kalocsai||Hungary||15.44||16.16||–||16.16||Q|
|13||B||Dudkin, NikolayNikolay Dudkin||Soviet Union||15.81||16.15||–||16.15||Q|
|14||B||Jaskólski, JanJan Jaskólski||Poland||15.79||16.04||–||16.04|
|15||A||Sauer, MichaelMichael Sauer||West Germany||15.61||16.02||15.84||16.02|
|16||A||Boosey, DerekDerek Boosey||Great Britain||15.07||15.99||16.01||16.01|
|17||A||Tate, NormanNorman Tate||United States||13.43||15.84||15.83||15.84|
|18||B||Pousi, PerttiPertti Pousi||Finland||X||15.84||15.74||15.84|
|19||A||Muraki, YukitoYukito Muraki||Japan||X||15.37||15.83||15.83|
|20||A||Barrett, TimTim Barrett||Bahamas||X||15.06||15.79||15.79|
|21||A||Smith, DaveDave Smith||United States||X||X||15.75||15.75|
|22||A||Vlasis, EvangelosEvangelos Vlasis||Greece||15.47||15.52||15.71||15.71|
|23||B||Alsop, FredFred Alsop||Great Britain||12.93||15.71||15.50||15.71|
|24||B||Amoah, JohnsonJohnson Amoah||Ghana||15.65||15.28||15.65||15.65|
|25||B||Tuna, AşkınAşkın Tuna||Turkey||15.65||X||15.43||15.65|
|26||B||Schenk, Heinz-GünterHeinz-Günter Schenk||East Germany||X||14.72||15.61||15.61|
|27||B||Ivanov, DragánDragán Ivanov||Hungary||15.61||X||14.42||15.61|
|28||A||Igun, SamuelSamuel Igun||Nigeria||15.40||13.86||15.46||15.46|
|29||A||Zolotarev, AleksandrAleksandr Zolotarev||Soviet Union||15.41||14.72||X||15.41|
|30||B||Burgher, LennoxLennox Burgher||Jamaica||15.20||15.29||15.14||15.29|
|31||A||Chen Ming-Chi||Republic of China||15.29||15.04||14.76||15.29|
|32||A||Neumann, KlausKlaus Neumann||East Germany||15.16||X||–||15.16|
|33||B||Serrate, HéctorHéctor Serrate||Puerto Rico||15.09||15.05||14.89||15.09|
|34||A||Cziffra, ZoltánZoltán Cziffra||Hungary||15.04||X||–||15.04|
|Saneyev, ViktorViktor Saneyev||Soviet Union||16.49||16.84||17.23||17.02||16.81||17.39||17.39||WR|
|Prudêncio, NelsonNelson Prudêncio||Brazil||16.33||17.05||16.75||X||17.27||17.15||17.27|
|Gentile, GiuseppeGiuseppe Gentile||Italy||17.22||X||X||X||16.54||X||17.22|
|4||Walker, ArtArt Walker||United States||15.43||16.45||16.77||16.48||X||17.12||17.12|
|5||Dudkin, NikolayNikolay Dudkin||Soviet Union||16.15||16.70||16.37||16.73||17.09||16.53||17.09|
|6||May, PhilPhil May||Australia||15.48||16.58||16.51||17.02||X||–||17.02|
|7||Szmidt, JózefJózef Szmidt||Poland||16.06||16.77||X||16.66||X||16.89||16.89|
|8||Dia, MansourMansour Dia||Senegal||16.71||16.48||15.44||16.73||16.64||15.83||16.73|
|9||Stoykovski, GeorgiGeorgi Stoykovski||Bulgaria||16.28||16.46||16.19||N/A||16.46|
|10||Kalocsai, HenrikHenrik Kalocsai||Hungary||16.45||16.39||16.20||N/A||16.45|
|11||Kugler, JoachimJoachim Kugler||West Germany||12.87||X||15.90||N/A||15.90|
|12||Areta, Luis FelipeLuis Felipe Areta||Spain||15.72||15.75||14.80||N/A||15.75|
|13||Ciochină, ŞerbanŞerban Ciochină||Romania||X||X||15.62||N/A||15.62|
- Official Olympic Report, la84foundation.org. Retrieved August 13, 2012.