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1991 World Championships in Athletics Tokyo, Japan

1991 3rd IAAF World Championships - Tokyo - Men's Long Jump

 

 

Host City: Tokyo. Japan Format: Qualifying round (8.05 or top 12 to final) (Aug 29)
Dates: August 23 – September 1
Nations participating: 167
Athletes participating: 1517
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   tokyo olympic stadium04 
Bob Beamon’s world record of 8.90 finally fell – but not to newlycrowned 100m record holder Lewis. Instead. Mike Powell not only set new record figures. but became the first man to beat Lewis since 1981. The qualifying round indicated that something special might happen in the event when Lewis had a narrow foul of around 8.80. He followed up with 8.56. the best qualifying mark ever. The three Americans – Lewis. Powell and Myricks – were favoured to take all the medals in the final. Powell was first of these to jump. managing just 7.85. Myricks fouled but Lewis produced a superb championship record of 8.68. Round two: Powell leapt 8.54 yet looked most disappointed. Myricks moved into third place with 8.20 and Lewis fouled. Round three: European Champion Dietmar Haaf’s 8.22w put him into the bronze medal position. Powell managed 8.29 then Lewis propelled himself to a magnificent personal best of 8.83w. Round four: Powell leapt about 8.80. only to see the red flag raised. Myricks moved ahead of Haaf. Lewis then improved to a stunning 8.91. The magical figure of 8.90 had been beaten at last. but the following wind was over the limit at 2.9. An aggressive Powell finally clicked in the fifth round. landing clearly near to nine metres.
 The white flag was raised. and a legal wind speed (0.3) flashed up onto the scoreboard along with a smiling face denoting a valid jump. After a suspenseful pause there were plenty more smiles when Powell’s jump was confirmed at 8.95. All eyes were on Lewis and he responded fantastically – but unsuccessfully – with legal efforts of 8.87 and 8.84. “This is a a dream come true.” said Powell. “Honestly. I thought Carl would beat me in the last jump. I have conditioned myself for so long to see him come from behind and beat me. I thought he would jump nine metres.” Lewis said: “It was a great competition for me. and even greater for Mike. He had just one great jump. the best jump of his life. but that’s all it takes in the long jump.” The winner actually leapt as far as 8.98. including a toe-to-plasticine distance measured at 3cm.
 These are the official results of the Men's Long Jump event at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. There were a total number of 43 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups and the final held on Friday August 30, 1991.

This was perhaps the greatest long jump competition ever as both of the top two athletes achieved distances beyond the then world record which had stood for almost 23 years (though one was over the wind-legal limit of 2.0 m/s). Both made the best wind-legal jumps of their careers in this competition; the still best and still third best wind-legal jumps in history; and the best two long jumps not aided by altitude.

Carl Lewis' record at the time was: two time Olympic Gold Medalist, two time World Champion (in the era when it was also still a once-every-4-year event) and, having been undefeated in ten years, he was deservedly considered the best long jumper in the world. Lewis had set the World Record in the 100 metres sprint 5 days earlier. Lewis was in the lead through four rounds: his first round jump of 8.68 set a new championship record, then his third round jump set his then personal record, albeit wind assisted at 8.83w.

Mike Powell's fourth round jump looked like it was in the range of Lewis, but was ruled a foul. The closeness of the call upset Powell: he went down to his knees at the board trying to see the microscopic indentation into the plasticine indicating it was a foul. Lewis' fourth round jump was wind-aided, but, at 8.91w m, it was the longest ever competition long jump in history, beating the existing wind-legal world record set by Bob Beamon at altitude at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Powell's wind-legal fifth round jump topped both, setting the world record at 8.95 m (29 ft 4.36 in). But the competition was not over. Moments later Lewis answered with his lifetime wind-legal personal record of 8.87 m (29 ft 1.21 in) (into a slight head-wind: -0.2 m/s). Both athletes still had one jump remaining. Powell fouled, and Lewis made his second best wind-legal jump of 8.84 m (29 ft 0.03 in).

Thus the competition included three of the five best wind-legal long-jumps ever (to 30 August 2018, at least); two of them by Carl Lewis, plus a wind-aided jump by Lewis beyond the then world record (a record he had been chasing for ten years), yet Lewis still finished in second place. Since this competition, no athlete, including Powell and Lewis, has 'legally' jumped within 20 cm of Powell's world record (though some had in the previous decade or so).

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Championship records were as follows.

World Record  Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 Mexico City, Mexico 18 October 1968
Championship Record  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.67 Rome, Italy 5 September 1987
  Long Jump 30 August
  Final
1 Mike Powell USA 10 Nov 63 8.95 0.3 WR
2 Carl Lewis USA 1 Jul 61 8.91 2.9  
3 Larry Myricks USA 10 Mar 56 8.42 0.8  
4 Dietmar Haaf GER 6 Mar 67 8.22 3.3  
5 Bogdan Tudor ROU 1 Feb 70 8.06 1.7  
6 David Culbert AUS 17 Mar 67 8.02 1.9  
7 Giovanni Evangelisti ITA 11 Sep 61 8.01 0.7  
8 Volodymyr Ochkan URS 13 Jan 68 7.99 2.1  
9 Jaime Jefferson CUB 17 Jan 62 7.94 -0.5  
10 André Müller GER 15 Nov 70 7.94 3.1  
11 Chen Zunrong CHN 25 Aug 62 7.92 0.5  
12 Konstadínos Koukodímos GRE 14 Sep 69 7.92 -1.5  
13 George Ogbeide NGR 4 Aug 68 7.78 0.8  
Final 17:30 Distance wind 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1 Mike Powell USA 8.95m WR +0.3 7.85 8.54 8.29 X 8.95 X
2 Carl Lewis USA 8.91m w +2.9 8.68 X 8.83w 8.91w 8.87 8.84
3 Larry Myricks USA 8.42m +0.8 X 8.20 X 8.41 8.42 X
4 Dietmar Haaf GER 8.22m w +3.3 8.01 X 8.22w 8.05w X X
5 Bogdan Tudor ROM 8.06m +1.7 7.85 8.00 X X 8.06 X
6 David Culbert AUS 8.02m +1.9 X 7.53 8.02 7.27 X 7.60
7 Giovanni Evangelisti ITA 8.01m +0.7 7.97 7.96 X X 8.01 7.99
8 Vladimir Ochkan URS 7.99m w +2.1 7.99w X X X 5.89 X
9 Jaime Jefferson CUB 7.94m -0.5
10 Andre Muller GER 7.94m w +3.1 7.71 -0.7
11 Zunrong Chen CHN 7.92m +0.5
12 Konstantinos Koukodimos GRE 7.92m -1.5
13 George Ogbeide NGR 7.78m +0.8
 
Qualification 29 August
Group A
1 Carl Lewis USA 8.56 +0.8
2 Zunrong Chen CHN 8.05 +2.3
3 Andre Muller GER 8.04 +2.4
4 Jaime Jefferson CUB 8.04 +1.7
5 Giovanni Evangelisti ITA 8.03 +1.5
6 George Ogbeide NGR 8.02 +0.3
7 Vladimir Ochkan URS 8.01 +0.4
8 David Culbert AUS 8.01
9 Edrick Floreal CAN 7.95 +0.5
10 Mark Forsythe GBR 7.95 -0.2
11 Jesus Olivan ESP 7.94
12 Milan Gombala TCH 7.89 +0.2
13 James Sabulei KEN 7.86 +1.1
14 Paulo De Oliveira BRA 7.78 +1.2
15 Badara Mbengue SEN 7.75 +0.7
16 Ivan Stoyanov BUL 7.73 +0.6
17 Frans Maas NED 7.71 +0.7
18 Lotfi Khaida ALG 7.68 +0.4
19 Jonathan Moyle NZL 7.52 +0.1
20 Francois Reteno GAB 7.15 +1.5
21 Khalid Ahmed Mousa SUD 6.58 +1.2
- Hitoshi Shimo JPN NM
Group B
1 Dietmar Haaf GER 8.21 +0.8
2 Larry Myricks USA 8.20
3 Mike Powell USA 8.19 +0.1
4 Konstantinos Koukodimos GRE 8.12 +0.7
5 Bogdan Tudor ROM 8.05 +0.5
6 Robert Emmiyan URS 8.00 +0.8
7 Ian James CAN 7.94 +1.0
8 Fausto Frigerio ITA 7.88 +0.9
9 Jarmo Karna FIN 7.79 +0.6
10 Angel Hernandez ESP 7.75 -0.3
11 Geng Huang CHN 7.69 -0.2
12 Krasimir Minchev BUL 7.62 +1.2
13 Csaba Almasi HUN 7.62 +0.4
14 Mattias Sunneborn SWE 7.61 +0.8
15 Murat Ayaydin TUR 7.57 +0.5
16 Franck Zio BKF 7.50 +0.3
17 Saeed Musabbah Ali UAE 7.05 +0.3
18 Kareem Streete-Thompson CAY 6.99 +0.3
- Dmitriy Bogryanov URS NM
- Borut Bilac YUG NM
- Craig Hepburn BAH NM
 
 

Group A 29 AUG 1991 16:10 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Vladimir Ochkan URS URS 8.34 7.84i
2 Hitoshi Shimo JPN JPN 8.10 8.10
3 Jonathan Moyle NZL NZL 7.55  
4 Milan Gombala TCH TCH    
5 Edrick Floréal CAN CAN 8.20 8.20
6 Khalid Ahmed Mousa SUD SUD 7.35  
7 Lotfi Khaida ALG ALG 7.51  
8 Carl Lewis USA USA 8.79 8.64
9 Jesús Oliván ESP ESP 8.12 8.12
10 James Sabulei KEN KEN    
11 George Ogbeide NGR NGR 8.24 8.24
12 Paulo De Oliveira BRA BRA    
13 Badara Mbengue SEN SEN 7.69  
14 Francois Reteno GAB GAB    
15 David Culbert AUS AUS 8.13  
16 Giovanni Evangelisti ITA ITA 8.43 7.93i
17 Mark Forsythe GBR GBR    
18 Ivan Stoyanov BUL BUL    
19 Andre Müller GER GER 8.11 7.76i
20 Zunrong Chen CHN CHN 8.26 8.26
21 Frans Maas NED NED 7.84i 7.45i
22 Jaime Jefferson CUB CUB 8.53 8.26

Group B 29 AUG 1991 16:10

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1991
1 Geng Huang CHN CHN 7.57i 7.57i
2 Kareem Streete-Thompson CAY CAY 8.09 8.09
3 Ángel Hernández ESP ESP 8.15 7.75i
4 Mike Powell USA USA 8.66 8.63
5 Fausto Frigerio ITA ITA    
6 Robert Emmiyan URS URS 8.86  
7 Krasimir Minchev BUL BUL    
8 Ian James CAN CAN 7.54  
9 Mattias Sunneborn SWE SWE    
10 Larry Myricks USA USA 8.74 8.50
11 Csaba Almasi HUN HUN 7.71i 7.71i
12 Dietmar Haaf GER GER 8.25 8.23
13 Franck Zio BUR BUR 7.49  
14 Murat Ayaydin TUR TUR 7.89 7.60i
15 Borut Bilac YUG YUG 8.24  
16 Bogdan Tudor ROU ROU 7.95i 7.95i
17 Craig Hepburn BAH BAH    
18 Dmitriy Bagryanov URS URS 7.90i 7.90i
19 Jarmo Kärnä FIN FIN 8.16  
20 Musabbah Ali Saeed UAE UAE    
21 Konstadínos Koukodímos GRE GRE 8.26 8.26
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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