Athletics at the 1976 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

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Men's triple jump
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 29 July 1976 (qualifications)
30 July 1976 (final)
Competitors 25 from 18 nations
Winning distance 17.29
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Viktor Saneyev
 Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s) James Butts
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) João Carlos de Oliveira
 Brazil
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The Men's Triple Jump event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, had an entrylist of 25 competitors, with two qualifying groups (23 jumpers) before the final (12) took place on Friday July 30, 1976. The top twelve and ties, and all those reaching 16.30 metres advanced to the final. The qualification round was held in Thursday July 29, 1976.[1]

Summary[edit]

Three world record holders came to compete; João Carlos de Oliveira was the current record holder from altitude at the 1975 Pan American Games; two time defending champion Viktor Saneyev and Pedro Pérez who had taken Saneyev's record and held it for a year until Saneyev took it back.

All but two finalists hit the 16.30 automatic qualifier, de Oliveira the leader in that round. In the final, Pérez took the early lead with a 16.81 in the first round, James Butts was in second at 16.69, while Saneyev and de Oliveira fouled. In the second round, Saneyev landed a 16.71 but was only third as Butts improved to 16.76. The order switched in the third round when Saneyev jumped 17.06 and de Oliveira went 16.85 to take over the top two spots. In the fourth round, Butts leaped into the lead with 17.18. Saneyev jumped the winner 17.29 m (56 ft 8​12 in) in the fifth round. On his final attempt, de Oliveira improved to 16.90, but couldn't improve enough to change his medal from bronze.

Saneyev became the third man to win the same event three times in a row, after John Flanagan in the hammer throw and Al Oerter in the discus.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Viktor Saneyev
 Soviet Union
Silver James Butts
 United States
Bronze João Carlos de Oliveira
 Brazil

Abbreviations[edit]

  • All results shown are in metres
Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
OR olympic record
WR world record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best

Records[edit]

Standing records prior to the 1976 Summer Olympics
World Record  João Carlos de Oliveira (BRA) 17.89 m October 15, 1975 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Olympic Record  Viktor Saneyev (URS) 17.39 m October 17, 1968 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico

Qualification[edit]

Group A[edit]

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3
1 1  João Carlos de Oliveira (BRA) 16.81 16.81 m
2 2  Viktor Saneyev (URS) 16.77 16.77 m
3 4  Tommy Haynes (USA) 16.62 16.62 m
4 5  James Butts (USA) 16.55 16.55 m
5 6  Jiří Vyčichlo (TCH) X 16.00 16.54 16.54 m
6 8  Rayfield Dupree (USA) 14.29 16.20 16.50 16.50 m
7 10  Bernard Lamitié (FRA) 16.39 16.39 m
8 11  Pentti Kuukasjärvi (FIN) 16.31 16.31 m
9 13  Michał Joachimowski (POL) 16.08 16.29 X 16.29 m
10 14  Nélson Prudêncio (BRA) 16.18 16.22 14.79 16.22 m
11 19  Armando Herrera (CUB) 15.98 X X 15.98 m
12 20  Andrzej Sontag (POL) 15.72 15.30 15.82 15.82 m

Group B[edit]

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3
1 3  Wolfgang Kolmsee (FRG) 16.68 16.68 m
2 7  Pedro Pérez (CUB) 16.51 16.51 m
3 9  Eugeniusz Biskupski (POL) 16.46 16.46 m
4 12  Carol Corbu (ROM) 16.30 16.30 m
5 15  Valentyn Shevchenko (URS) 16.15 15.97 16.00 16.15 m
6 16  Toshiaki Inoue (JPN) 16.06 X 15.99 16.06 m
7 17  Janoš Hegediš (YUG) 15.50 16.03 16.00 16.03 m
8 18  Ramón Cid (ESP) 16.00 X X 16.00 m
9 21  Maxwell Peters (ANT) 14.94 X X 14.94 m
10 22  Apostolos Kathiniotis (GRE) 14.13 X X 14.13 m
11 23  Mohamed Al-Bouhairi (KSA) 13.85 X X 13.85 m
 Aston Moore (GBR) X X X NM
 Phil Robins (BAH) X X X NM

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st, gold medalist(s)  Viktor Saneyev (URS) X 16.71 17.06 X 17.29 X 17.29 m
2nd, silver medalist(s)  James Butts (USA) 16.69 16.76 14.80 17.18 16.55 16.61 17.18 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  João Carlos de Oliveira (BRA) X 16.15 16.85 14.91 16.69 16.90 16.90 m
4  Pedro Pérez (CUB) 16.81 16.24 16.48 16.47 X X 16.81 m
5  Tommy Haynes (USA) 15.46 X 16.68 16.78 16.71 16.71 16.78 m
6  Wolfgang Kolmsee (FRG) 16.23 X 16.68 16.58 16.31 X 16.68 m
7  Eugeniusz Biskupski (POL) 15.91 X 16.49 X 15.79 X 16.49 m
8  Carol Corbu (ROM) 16.07 16.18 16.43 X 16.00 X 16.43 m
9  Jiří Vyčichlo (TCH) X X 16.28 16.28 m
10  Pentti Kuukasjärvi (FIN) 16.15 16.14 16.23 16.23 m
11  Bernard Lamitié (FRA) X 16.23 15.93 16.23 m
12  Rayfield Dupree (USA) X 16.23 15.90 16.23 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games: Men's Triple Jump". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 24 December 2017.