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1896 Olympic Games Athina, Greece - Men's Long Jump



Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Final only.
Date Started: April 7, 1896  
Date Finished: April 7, 1896  
(Competitors: 9; Countries: 5)  
    Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Overview by IAAF   1896_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Three days before his high jump win, Clark won the long jump title on his third jump after two fouls. He had placed second in the 1895 US Championships, but even in 1896 a jump of 7m would have been required to give this the stamp of a top class event.
Summary by      
Among the 18 final entries, nine competitors started in the broad jump, now usually called the long jump. There were three Americans, two Greeks, two Frenchmen, one German, and one Swede.
Very little is known about this competition except that it was won by Ellery Clark, who would later also win the high jump. His winning mark was 6.35 metres, with the USA sweeping the medals, Bob Garrett finishing second, and James Connolly third.
Clark made his winning leap on his last of three attempts, and wrote of it in his autobiography, **Reminiscences of an Athlete**, "It was little short of agony, I shall never forget my feelings as I stood at the end of the path for my third – and last – try. Five thousand miles, I reflected, I had come; and was it to end in this? Three fouls and then five thousand miles back again, with that for my memory of the Games."


The men's long jump was one of four jumping events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. There were nine contestants in the long jump, held on 7 April. The American jumpers proved themselves dominant in taking the top three spots. Clark's first two jumps were fouls, but his third was by far the best of the field.
Long Jump Men     Final 7 April        
The individual ranking of the fifth through ninth place contestants is unclear.
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 6.35     Ellery Clark United States USA 22 OR  
2 6.00     Bob Garrett United States USA 20    
3 5.84     James B. Connolly United States USA 27    
4 5.74     Alexandros Khalkokondylis Greece GRE      
AC       Alexandre Tuffèri France FRA 19    
AC       Athanasios Skaltsogiannis Greece GRE      
AC       Henrik Sjöberg Sweden SWE 21    
AC       Carl Schuhmann Germany GER 26    
AC       Alphonse Grisel France FRA      


Ellery Harding Clark
Ellery Clark in 1896
Personal information
Born March 13, 1874
West Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Died February 17, 1949 (aged 75)
near Hingham, Massachusetts, United States
Alma mater Harvard University
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) High jump, long jump, triple jump, hammer throw, shot put
Club Boston Athletic Association
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) HJ – 1.81 m (1896)
LJ – 6.60 m (1897)
TJ – 12.88 m (1895)
HT – 38.48 m (1899)
SP – 12.06 m (1897)[1][2]
Robert Garrett
Garrett lancio disco 1896.jpg
Personal information
Born May 24, 1875
Baltimore County, Maryland
Died April 25, 1961 (aged 85)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb; 12.8 st)
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
James B. Connolly
James Brendan Connolly, 1906 1.JPG
Connolly in 1906
Personal information
Born October 28, 1868
Boston, Massachusetts
Died January 20, 1957 (aged 88)
Brookline, Massachusetts
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
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