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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's Long jump

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 7.90 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 5, 1984  
Date Finished: August 6, 1984  
(Competitors: 31; Countries: 25; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Undefeated since 1981, Lewis was such an overwhelming favourite that the question seemed to be whether he might break the world record, rather than simply win. After leading the qualifying round by 28cm with 8.30w, Lewis soared to 8.54 on his opening jump and the gold medal was decided. After a foul Lewis then passed his remaining jumps, mindful of his remaining competition at 200m and the relay. Behind him, Larry Myricks, favourite for the runner-up position, was having trouble. Trailing Italy’s slender Giovanni Evangelisti 8.06 to 8.09 in the first round, the US number two then dropped to fourth, behind Australia’s Gary Honey, who reached 8.18 in the third round. Myricks managed 8.16 in the fifth round, but both Evangelisti and Honey showed great competitive abilities by leaping 8.24 for national records and the minor medals. Jumpers missing from the fray who would have been medal factors were Jaime Jefferson of Cuba (8.36 in the Soviet bloc “Druzhba” meeting), Konstantin Semykin (8.38), and Lutz Dombrowski (8.45 the week before LA).
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Carl Lewis was trying to win four gold medals in Los Angeles, the 100, 200, long jump, and 4×100 relay, to duplicate the 1936 feat of Jesse Owens. He had won the 100, long jump, and relay at the 1983 World Championships and was considered the greatest track & field athlete in the world in 1984. His biggest challenger was American Larry Myricks, who would likely have been favored in 1980, but lost his chance at Olympic gold because of the boycott. In the final, Lewis opened with 8.54 (28-0¼), and took only one more jump, which he fouled. He then kept passing, confident that his mark would hold up, which it did easily. But the fans in the Los Angeles Coliseum did not like this, booing Lewis and never warming to him at all during the Olympics. Non-knowledgable fans did not realize that Lewis was saving his legs for the remainder of his competitions. The silver medal went to Australia's Gary Honey, the 1982 Commonwealth Games champion. He tied at 8.24 (27-0½) with Italy's Giovanni Evangalisti but won silver because of his best second mark of 8.18 (26-10).
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 m October 18, 1968 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
Olympic Record
 
        Results        
 
Long jump Men     Final 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.54 -1.6   Carl Lewis United States USA 1 Jul 61  
2 8.24 -0.8   Gary Honey Australia AUS 26 Jul 59  
3 8.24 -0.7   Giovanni Evangelisti Italy ITA 11 Sep 61  
4 8.16 1.8   Larry Myricks United States USA 10 Mar 56  
5 7.99 0.6   Liu Yuhuang China CHN 25 Jul 59  
6 7.97 -0.8   Joey Wells Bahamas BAH 22 Dec 65  
7 7.87 -1.8   Junichi Usui Japan JPN 5 Oct 57  
8 7.81 -0.2   Kim Jong-Il South Korea KOR 11 Sep 62  
9 7.78 -0.8   Yusuf Alli Nigeria NGR 28 Jul 60  
10 7.69 -1.1   Antonio Corgos Spain ESP 10 Mar 60  
11 7.63 0.6   Mike McRae United States USA 9 Jul 55  
12 7.57 -0.9   Joshua Kio Nigeria NGR 7 Sep 57  
Long jump Men     Qualification 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.30w 2.2   Carl Lewis United States USA 1 Jul 61  
2 8.02 1.5   Antonio Corgos Spain ESP 10 Mar 60  
3 8.02 -0.8   Larry Myricks United States USA 10 Mar 56  
4 8.02 1.8   Junichi Usui Japan JPN 5 Oct 57  
5 7.94 -0.6   Giovanni Evangelisti Italy ITA 11 Sep 61  
6 7.93 -1.0   Gary Honey Australia AUS 26 Jul 59  
7 7.92 1.8   Joey Wells Bahamas BAH 22 Dec 65  
8 7.89 -0.8   Mike McRae United States USA 9 Jul 55  
9 7.86 0.1   Kim Jong-Il South Korea KOR 11 Sep 62  
10 7.83 -1.7   Liu Yuhuang China CHN 25 Jul 59  
11 7.82 -1.3   Yusuf Alli Nigeria NGR 28 Jul 60  
12 7.76 -2.2   Joshua Kio Nigeria NGR 7 Sep 57  
13 7.71 -1.1   Rene Gloor Switzerland SUI 3 Nov 56  
14 7.60 -0.4   Nenad Stekic Yugoslavia YUG 7 Mar 51  
15 7.57 -2.0   Lester Benjamin Antigua and Barbuda ANT 14 Sep 63  
16 7.51 -0.8   Moses Kiayi Kenya KEN 60  
17 7.37 -0.9   Kemobe Djimassal Chad CHA 26 Feb 54  
18 7.36 0.4   Wang Shijie China CHN 24 Dec 63  
19 7.32 0.8   Lyndon Sands Bahamas BAH 6 Feb 64  
20 7.23 0.9   Lee Fu-An Chinese Taipei TPE 4 Jun 64  
21 7.10 -0.3   Steve Hanna Bahamas BAH 30 Oct 58  
22 7.09 -0.5   Kristján Hardarsson Iceland ISL 28 Jul 64  
23 6.98 -1.2   Shahad Mubarak United Arab Emirates UAE 60  
24 6.93 -1.8   Fidel Solorzano Ecuador ECU 26 May 62  
25 6.92 -0.7   Abdoulaye Traore Mali MLI 29 Mar 59  
26 6.82 0.3   Bilanday Bodjona Togo TOG    
27 6.80 -1.3   Gabi Issa Khouri Lebanon LIB 17 Sep 60  
28 6.78w 4.4   Oscar Diesel Paraguay PAR 19 Sep 61  
29 6.76 -0.4   Ernest Tche Cameroon CMR 26 Aug 56  
30 5.67w 4.4   Dimitris Araouzos Cyprus CYP 19 Feb 61  
  NM     Steve Walsh New Zealand NZL 17 Dec 60  
 
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Qualification

Group A
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3
1 1  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.30 8.30 m  
2 4  Antonio Corgos (ESP) 8.02 8.02 m  
3 6  Gary Honey (AUS) 7.93 7.93 m  
4 7  Joey Wells (BAH) X 7.92 7.92 m  
5 8  Mike McRae (USA) 7.70 7.50 7.89 7.89 m  
6 9  Kim Jong-Il (KOR) X 7.67 7.86 7.86 m  
7 10  Liu Yuhuang (CHN) 7.83 X 7.73 7.83 m  
8 14  Nenad Stekić (YUG) 7.60 7.41 7.45 7.60 m  
9 16  Moses Kiyai (KEN) X 7.51 X 7.51 m  
10 18  Wang Shijie (CHN) X 7.22 7.36 7.36 m  
11 20  Lee Fu-an (TPE) 7.23 6.96 6.82 7.23 m  
12 22  Kristján Hardarson (ISL) X 7.09 6.93 7.09 m  
13 24  Fidel Solórzano (ECU) 6.93 6.84 6.90 6.93 m  
14 25  Abdoulaye Traoré (MLI) 6.92 6.36 6.60 6.92 m  
15 26  Bilanday Bodjona (TOG) 6.82 6.70 6.75 6.82 m  
16 27  Ghabi Issa Khouri (LIB) 6.25 X 6.80 6.80 m  
 Paul Emordi (KEN) DNS  
Group B
      1 2 3    
1 2  Larry Myricks (USA) 7.80 8.02 8.02 m  
2 3  Junichi Usui (JPN) 7.62 8.02 8.02 m  
3 5  Giovanni Evangelisti (ITA) 7.94 7.94 m  
4 11  Yusuf Alli (NGR) 7.65 7.43 7.82 7.82 m  
5 12  Jubobaraye Kio (NGR) X 7.76 X 7.76 m  
6 13  René Gloor (SUI) 7.57 7.71 7.58 7.71 m  
7 15  Lester Benjamin (ANT) X 7.44 7.57 7.57 m  
8 17  Kémobé Djirmassal (CHA) 7.01 7.11 7.51 7.37 m  
9 19  Lyndon Sands (BAH) 7.32 5.95 7.22 7.32 m  
10 21  Steve Hanna (BAH) 6.97 2.36 7.10 7.10 m  
11 23  Shahad Mubarak (UAE) 6.98 X 6.98 m  
12 28  Oscar Diesel (PAR) 6.45 6.78 6.73 6.78 m  
13 29  Ernest Tché-Noubossie (CMR) 6.76 6.57 6.52 6.76 m  
14 30  Dimitrios Araouzas (CYP) X X 5.67 5.67 m  
 Steve Walsh (NZL) X X X NM  
 Ronald Desruelles (BEL) DNS  
 Francis Dodoo (GHA) DNS
 

Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.54 X 8.54 m  
2nd  Gary Honey (AUS) 7.97 7.92 8.18 7.92 X 8.24 8.24 m  
3rd  Giovanni Evangelisti (ITA) 8.09 7.94 7.90 X X 8.24 8.24 m  
4  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.06 7.99 X 8.00 8.16 6.28 8.16 m  
5  Liu Yuhuang (CHN) X 7.66 7.89 7.65 7.60 7.99 7.99 m  
6  Joey Wells (BAH) 7.97 X X 7.97 m  
7  Junichi Usui (JPN) 7.63 7.82 7.87 7.72 7.09 7.87 m  
8  Kim Jong-Il (KOR) 7.76 7.81 7.77 X 7.59 X 7.81 m  
 
9  Yusuf Alli (NGR) 7.67 7.78 7.72   7.78 m  
10  Antonio Corgos (ESP) 7.44 7.50 7.69   7.69 m  
11  Mike McRae (USA) X 7.63 7.45   7.63 m  
12  Jubobaraye Kio (NGR) X 7.57 X   7.57 m
 
 

 

 

 

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