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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's Triple Jump

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those reaching 14.80 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 27, 1956
Date Finished: November 27, 1956
(Competitors: 32; Countries: 20; Finalists: 22)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF 1956_melbournestadium.jpg 
World record holder da Silva was favourite to win, though Shcherbakov and Kogake were considered dangers because they had both jumped farther than 16.40. Standards had risen sharply in the previous four years with the result that 22 exceeded the qualifying standard of 14.80. Kogake (15.64) and Shcherbakov (15.59) led the way. The first shock came when Sharpe set a US record of 15.88 to lead the field at the end of the first round. This was far exceeded by the 16.26 in the next round by Einarsson, who had jumped 15.83 in Sweden in October. Da Silva also went over 16m with 16.04, before bouncing out to 16.35, his best ever jump at low altitude. Kreyer had meanwhile passed Sharpe with 16.02, and further 16m jumps were the property of da Silva, who rounded out his day with 16.26 and 16.21. The Australian publication Olympic Saga noted that da Silva had produced “a magnificent exhibition of rhythmic strength, casual grace, controlled power, concentration under pressure, and superb co-ordination.”
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Adhemar da Silva was defending champion and the world record holder with 16.56 (54-4), set in winning the 1955 Pan-American Games (at altitude in Ciudad de México). Silver medalist from 1952, Leonid Shcherbakov, the 1950-54 European Champion, was still considered dangerous. The round one leader was a shocker – Bill Sharpe of the United States who broke the American record with 15.88 (52-1¼), which would eventually place him fourth. Another surprise came in round two when Iceland’s Vilhjálmur Einarsson leapt 16.26 (53-4¼). da Silva came thru in round four with 16.35 (53-7¾), which held up for the gold medal, Einarsson winning silver. Unheralded Soviet Vitold Kreyer won the bronze medal with 16.02 (52-6¾), set in round three.
 

Records

These are the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1956 Summer Olympics.

World Record 16.56 Brazil Adhemar da Silva Mexico City (MEX) March 16, 1955
Olympic Record 16.22 Brazil Adhemar da Silva Helsinki (FIN) July 23, 1952

Vilhjálmur Einarsson set an Olympic record of 16.25 metres in the competition, but this was improved upon by Adhemar da Silva who won with a record mark of 16.35 metres.

 
Results
Triple Jump Men Final 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 16.35 Adhemar da Silva Brazil BRA 29 OR
2 16.26w Vilhjálmur Einarsson Iceland ISL 22
3 16.02 Vitold Kreyer Soviet Union URS 24
4 15.88 Bill Sharpe United States USA 24
5 15.85w Martin Řehák Czechoslovakia TCH 23
6 15.80 Leonid Shcherbakov Soviet Union URS 29
7 15.73 Koji Sakurai Japan JPN 20
8 15.64 Teruji Kogake Japan JPN 23
9 15.54 Ken Wilmshurst Great Britain GBR 25
10 15.54w Ryszard Malcherczyk Poland POL 22
11 15.40 Ira Davis United States USA 20
12 15.33 George Shaw United States USA 25
13 15.25 Hiroshi Shibata Japan JPN 21
14 15.21 Kari Rahkamo Finland FIN 23
15 15.20 Mohinder Singh India IND 22
16 15.15 Éric Battista France FRA 23
17 15.03 Paul Engo Nigeria NGR 25
18 14.91w Tapio Lehto Finland FIN 25
19 14.87 Hannu Rantala Finland FIN 20
20 14.72 Lawrence Ogwang Uganda UGA 23
21 14.65 Choi Yeong-Gi South Korea KOR 30
AC NM Peter Esiri Nigeria NGR 28
Triple Jump Men Qualifying Round 27 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 15.63w Q Teruji Kogake Japan JPN 23
2 15.59 Q Leonid Shcherbakov Soviet Union URS 29
3 15.49w Q Koji Sakurai Japan JPN 20
4 15.43w Q Kari Rahkamo Finland FIN 23
5 15.38 Q Vitold Kreyer Soviet Union URS 24
6 15.27 Q Hiroshi Shibata Japan JPN 21
7 15.23 Q George Shaw United States USA 25
8 15.21 Q Tapio Lehto Finland FIN 25
9T 15.16 Q Vilhjálmur Einarsson Iceland ISL 22
9T 15.16 Q Bill Sharpe United States USA 24
11 15.15 Q Adhemar da Silva Brazil BRA 29
12 14.99 Q Éric Battista France FRA 23
13 14.97 Q Martin Řehák Czechoslovakia TCH 23
14 14.95 Q Lawrence Ogwang Uganda UGA 23
15 14.93 Q Mohinder Singh India IND 22
16T 14.93 Q Ira Davis United States USA 20
16T 14.93 Q Peter Esiri Nigeria NGR 28
18 14.92 Q Hannu Rantala Finland FIN 20
19 14.89 Q Ken Wilmshurst Great Britain GBR 25
20 14.86 Q Choi Yeong-Gi South Korea KOR 30
21 14.84 Q Ryszard Malcherczyk Poland POL 22
22 14.81 Q Paul Engo Nigeria NGR 25
23 14.74 Brian Oliver Australia AUS 26
24 14.55 Gabuh bin Piging North Borneo NBO 24
25 14.46 Ronald Gray Australia AUS 24
26 14.36 Wu Chun-Tsai Chinese Taipei TPE
27 14.26 Maurice Rich Australia AUS 24
28 14.09 Sium bin Diau North Borneo NBO 21
29 14.05 Walter Herssens Belgium BEL 26
30 13.90 Muhammad Ramzan Ali Pakistan PAK 23
31 13.53 Muhammad Rashid Pakistan PAK
AC NM Tan Eng Yoon Singapore SIN 28

 Detailed View

 Men Hoop, Step and Jump Athletics Olympic Games Melbourne 1956 - Tuesday 27.11
Final 14:30 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1. Adhemar Ferreira da Silva BRA 16.35m 15.69 16.04 15.90 16.35 16.26 16.21
2. Vilhjalmur Einarsson ISL 16.26m X 16.26 15.81 X 15.61 -
3. Vitold Kreyer URS 16.02m 15.83 X 16.02 15.51 X X
4. William Sharpe USA 15.88m 15.88 X 14.15 - - -
5. Martin Rehak TCH 15.85m 15.58 X 15.85 X 15.10 15.63
6. Leonid Shcherbakov URS 15.80m 15.72 X 15.58 X 15.80 15.12
7. Koji Sakurai JPN 15.73m 15.73 15.59 15.29  
8. Teruji Kogake JPN 15.64m 15.64 14.71 15.01  
9. Kenneth Wilmshurst GBR 15.54m 15.42 15.54 15.09  
10.Ryszard Malcherczy POL 15.54m 15.54 15.26 15.41  
11.Ira Davis USA 15.40m 14.16 X 15.40  
12.George Shaw USA 15.33m 15.33 X X  
13.Hiroshi Shibata JPN 15.25m 15.25 14.85 X  
14.Kari Rahkamo FIN 15.21m 15.21 X X  
15.Mohinder Singh IND 15.20m 15.20 X X  
16.Eric Battista FRA 15.15m 15.15 15.03 X  
17.Paul Bamela Engo NGR 15.03m 14.98 15.03 14.87  
18.Tapio Lehto FIN 14.91m 14.63 14.91 X  
19.Hannu Rantala FIN 14.87m 14.65 14.87 14.87  
20.Lawrence Ogwang UGA 14.72m 14.19 14.72 14.15  
21.Choi Yong-Kee KOR 14.65m 14.65 X X  
-. Peter Esiri NGR NM X X -  
   
 
 

 

 

 

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