Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

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The final of the Men's Triple Jump event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia was held on July 27, 1996. There were a total of 43 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups. The top twelve and ties, and all those reaching 17.00 metres advanced to the final. The qualification round was held on July 26, 1996.

Coming into the competition, Jonathan Edwards was the only man to have jumped 18 metres, from his remarkable back to back world records at the world championships a year earlier and backing it up with another 18 metre jump in London a few weeks later. At age 30, he was the youngest of the major contenders; defending champion Mike Conley| was already 33, and former world champion Kenny Harrison was 31 and coming back from a serious knee injury. Edwards did not look that good in qualifying, unable to make the automatic qualifying mark in two attempts, while Harrison, Conley, Yoelbi Quesada, Brian Wellman and Galin Georgiev did.

In the final, on his first attempt Edwards looked a lot better, his first attempt landing well past the 18 metre mark and approaching his world record. Exiting the pit, he saw the red flag. A few jumpers later, Harrison became the second best jumper in history with a 17.99, adding more than a foot to the Olympic record. On his second attempt, Edwards put another jump deep into the pit and again saw the red flag. Now Edwards was faced with the prospect of getting nothing if he could not land his next jump in the top eight. His next time down the runway was much more careful and controlled, making a far less secure 17.13, which at the moment put him in third place, but was well within the ability of most of the jumpers who followed him in the order. Again following Edwards, Harrison jumped 18.09 m (59 ft 4 in) to become the second man over 18 metres. More impressive, it was into a -0.4 mp/s wind, which remains the longest jump ever into a negative wind. Edwards survived in third behind Quesada. On his next jump he was able to let loose and hit 17.88, an outstanding jump for anybody else in any other competition, but that left him 21 cm behind in second place. In the same round Quesada improved to 17.44 and Conley to 17.40. On his fifth attempt, Edwards soared to within inches of the world record marker, but got another red flag. Having earned the last jump, Harrison passed to rest for one final attempt, if needed. On his final attempt Edwards boomed another one close to the world record, but the red flag ended his evening with Harrison taking the gold. Neither Quesada or Conley improved their position in their last jumps, also fouling both attempts, so Quesada held on to bronze.

Medalists[edit]

Gold Kenny Harrison
 United States
Silver Jonathan Edwards
 Great Britain
Bronze Yoelbi Quesada
 Cuba

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 1996 Summer Olympics
World Record  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 18.29 m August 7, 1995 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Olympic Record  Mike Conley (USA) 17.63 m August 3, 1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain
Broken records during the 1996 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Kenny Harrison (USA) 18.09 m July 27, 1996 United States Atlanta, United States

Qualification[edit]

Group A[edit]

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3
1 1  Kenny Harrison (USA) 17.58 17.58 m
2 3  Yoelbi Quesada (CUB) 17.19 17.19 m
3 4  Brian Wellman (BER) 17.10 17.10 m
4 7  Robert Howard (USA) 16.83 16.76 16.92 16.92 m
5 9  Viktor Sotnikov (RUS) 16.86 X 16.19 16.86 m
6 10  Jérôme Romain (DMA) 16.80 X X 16.80 m
7 12  Frank Rutherford (BAH) X 16.38 16.73 16.73 m
8 13  Francis Agyepong (GBR) 16.71 16.68 X 16.71 m
9 18  Anísio Silva (BRA) 16.38 16.67 16.08 16.67 m
10 19  Carlos Calado (POR) 16.43 16.65 X 16.65 m
11 27  Vasif Asadov (AZE) X X 16.21 16.21 m
12 28  Jacob Katonon (KEN) 16.08 16.17 X 16.17 m
13 29  Stoyko Tsonov (BUL) 16.00 16.15 X 16.15 m
14 33  Tibor Ordina (HUN) 16.04 X X 16.04 m
15 34  Andrew Murphy (AUS) 15.97 X 16.00 16.00 m
16 35  Festus Igbinoghene (NGR) 15.95 X 15.72 15.95 m
17 36  Sergey Arzamasov (KAZ) 15.91 X 15.91 m
18 37  Maksim Smetanin (KGZ) 15.83 15:90 X 15.90 m
19 41  Hussain Jasim (IRQ) 15.19 15.27 X 15.27 m
20 42  Ndabazinhle Mdhlongwa (ZIM) 14.47 X X 14.47 m
21 43  Karim Sassi (TUN) X X 14.25 14.25 m
 Māris Bružiks (LAT) DNS

Group B[edit]

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3
1 2  Mike Conley (USA) 17.20 17.20 m
2 5  Galin Georgiev (BUL) 17.02 17.02 m
3 6  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 16.93 16.96 16.96 m
4 8  Volodymyr Kravchenko (UKR) 16.71 16.90 X 16.90 m
5 11  Armen Martirosyan (ARM) 15.71 16.68 16.74 16.74 m
6 14  Charles Friedek (GER) X 16.71 16.58 16.71 m
7 15  Aliecer Urrutia (CUB) 16.71 16.54 X 16.71 m
8 16  Vasiliy Sokov (RUS) X 16.68 X 16.68 m
9 17  Rogel Nachum (ISR) 15.86 16.67 16.53 16.67 m
10 20  Yoel García (CUB) 15.94 X 16.62 16.62 m
11 21  Zou Sixin (CHN) 16.13 16.44 16.53 16.53 m
12 22  Messias José Baptista (BRA) 16.02 16.45 16.13 16.45 m
13 23  Audrius Raizgys (LTU) 16.38 X 16.06 16.38 m
14 24  Zsolt Czingler (HUN) 16.22 16.35 X 16.35 m
15 25  Salem Al-Ahmadi (KSA) X 15.97 16.30 16.30 m
16 26  Francis Dodoo (GHA) X X 16.24 16.24 m
17 30  Sigurd Njerve (NOR) 15.22 X 16.15 16.15 m
18 31  Aleksey Fatyanov (AZE) 16.14 X 16.13 16.14 m
19 32  Igor Sautkin (RUS) X X 16.06 16.06 m
20 38  Yevgeniy Petin (UZB) XX 15.58 15.89 15.89 m
21 39  Paul Nioze (SEY) 15.63 15.43 X 15.63 m
22 40  Kawan Lovelace (BIZ) 15.40 x 14.97 15.40 m

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st, gold medalist(s)  Kenny Harrison (USA) 17.99 X 18.09 X 18.09 m OR
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) X X 17.13 17.88 X X 17.88 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Yoelbi Quesada (CUB) 17.04 17.29 X 17.44 X X 17.44 m
4  Mike Conley (USA) 17.08 X 16.17 17.40 X X 17.40 m
5  Armen Martirosyan (ARM) 16.85 X 16.97 16.48 X 16.34 16.97 m
6  Brian Wellman (BER) 16.95 X 16.82 X X X 16.95 m
7  Galin Georgiev (BUL) 16.85 X X X X 16.92 16.92 m
8  Robert Howard (USA) 16.72 16.83 16.90 X 16.44 16.52 16.90 m
9  Viktor Sotnikov (RUS) 16.84 16.53 16.56 16.84 m
10  Volodymyr Kravchenko (UKR) 16.35 15.92 16.62 16.62 m
11  Frank Rutherford (BAH) 16.38 X 16.36 16.38 m
 Jérôme Romain (DMA) X NM

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