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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's Triple jump

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 17.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 26, 1996  
Date Finished: July 27, 1996  
(Competitors: 43; Countries: 32; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF    1996_olympic_stadium.jpg
Edwards revolutionised the event in 1995, setting two world records in the world championships and becoming the first man to jump 60 feet with 18.29. His principal rivals were Cubans Quesada and Urrutia, and Americans Conley and ’91 World Champion Harrison. Only Aliecer Urrutia of the favourites missed the final, jumping 16.71, while Harrison led the qualifiers with 17.58. Harrison had won the US Trials in his only other competition of the outdoor season with 18.01w, and he opened here with a new legal Olympic best of 17.99. The experienced Conley jumped a safe 17.08 two jumps later to ensure a full six jump series, but only Quesada produced a legal jump of any consequence in round 2 with 17.24. Edwards had two fouls before making a safe 17.13 jump in round 3. Round 4 produced fireworks as Edwards recovered his elegant form, floating out to 17.88, to be followed by the three other contenders all achieving their best of the competition; Quesada (17.40), Harrison with an Olympic and American record 18.09 with his muscular style, and Conley with a good 17.40. Edwards finished with two fouls, one of them over 18.15, but the day belonged to Harrison.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
In July 1995, Jonathan Edwards broke the world record with 17.98 (59-0). A few weeks later, at the World Championships, he opened with another world record of 18.16 (59-7). Then in round two he surpassed that with a Beamon-like performance, jumping 18.29 (60-0¼) – the first-ever triple jump over 60-feet. Favored in Atlanta, he was expected to be challenged by defending champion Mike Conley, Kenny Harrison (USA) and Cubans Yoelbi Quesada and Aliecer Urrutia. Harrison led the qualifying with 17.58 (57-8¼) while Urrutia failed to make the final. In the final, Harrison opened with 17.99 (59-0¼) which would be good enough for the gold medal. Edwards fouled his first two jumps, and only made the top eight with his third round 17.13 (56-2½). Round four saw the medalists produce their best marks of the competition – Harrison with 18.09 (59-4¼), Edwards moving into second with 17.88 (58-8), and Quesada with 17.44 (57-2¾). Conley also had his best mark in that round, but his 17.40 (57-1) would not get him into the medals.
 

Records

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
 
        Results        

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 in to 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.

Triple jump Men     Final 27 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 18.09 -0.4   Kenny Harrison United States USA 13 Feb 65 AR
2 17.88 0.9   Jonathan Edwards Great Britain GBR 10 May 66  
3 17.44 0.2   Yoelbi Quesada Cuba CUB 4 Aug 73  
4 17.40 0.2   Mike Conley United States USA 5 Oct 62  
5 16.97 1.1   Armen Martirosyan Armenia ARM 6 Aug 69  
6 16.95 -0.4   Brian Wellman Bermuda BER 8 Sep 67  
7 16.92 1.0   Galin Georgiev Bulgaria BUL 23 Mar 70  
8 16.90 -1.2   Robert Howard United States USA 26 Nov 75  
9 16.84 0.6   Yuriy Sotnikov Russia RUS 10 Mar 69  
10 16.62 -0.3   Vladimir Kravchenko Ukraine UKR 22 Dec 69  
11 16.38 1.1   Frank Rutherford Bahamas BAH 23 Nov 64  
  NM     Jérôme Romain Dominica DMA 12 Jun 71  
Triple jump Men     Qualification 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 17.58 -1.1   Kenny Harrison United States USA 13 Feb 65  
2 17.20 0.8   Mike Conley United States USA 5 Oct 62  
3 17.19 -1.1   Yoelbi Quesada Cuba CUB 4 Aug 73  
4 17.10 -0.3   Brian Wellman Bermuda BER 8 Sep 67  
5 17.02 0.0   Galin Georgiev Bulgaria BUL 23 Mar 70  
6 16.96 0.0   Jonathan Edwards Great Britain GBR 10 May 66  
7 16.92 0.2   Robert Howard United States USA 26 Nov 75  
8 16.90 -0.1   Vladimir Kravchenko Ukraine UKR 22 Dec 69  
9 16.86 -0.3   Yuriy Sotnikov Russia RUS 10 Mar 69  
10 16.80 -0.3   Jérôme Romain Dominica DMA 12 Jun 71  
11 16.74 -0.7   Armen Martirosyan Armenia ARM 6 Aug 69  
12 16.73 0.0   Frank Rutherford Bahamas BAH 23 Nov 64  
13 16.71 -1.4   Francis Agyepong Great Britain GBR 16 Jun 65  
14 16.71 -0.6   Charles Michael Friedek Germany GER 26 Aug 71  
15 16.71 0.5   Aliecer Urrutia Cuba CUB 22 Sep 74  
16 16.68 -0.1   Vasiliy Sokov Russia RUS 7 Apr 68  
17 16.67 -0.2   Rogel Nachum Israel ISR 21 May 67  
18 16.67 -1.9   Anísio Souza Silva Brazil BRA 18 Jun 69  
19 16.65 0.8   Carlos Calado Portugal POR 5 Oct 75  
20 16.62 -2.0   Yoel García Cuba CUB 25 Nov 73  
21 16.53 -0.1   Zou Sixin China CHN 5 Aug 67  
22 16.45 -0.4   Messias José Baptista Brazil BRA 24 May 68  
23 16.38 -0.2   Audrius Raizgys Lithuania LTU 4 Apr 69  
24 16.35 -1.2   Zsolt Czingler Hungary HUN 28 Apr 71  
25 16.30 0.7   Salem Mouled Al-Ahmadi Saudi Arabia KSA 12 Sep 69  
26 16.24 0.1   Francis DoDoo Ghana GHA 13 Apr 60  
27 16.21 -2.1   Vasif Asadov Azerbaijan AZE 27 Aug 65  
28 16.17     Jacob Katonon Kenya KEN 5 Oct 69  
29 16.15     Stoyko Tzonov Bulgaria BUL 6 May 69  
30 16.15     Sigurd Njerve Norway NOR 12 Sep 71  
31 16.14     Aleksey Fatyanov Azerbaijan AZE 14 Jun 69  
32 16.06     Igor Sautkin Russia RUS 23 Feb 72  
33 16.04     Tibor Ordina Hungary HUN 17 Mar 71  
34 16.00     Andrew Murphy Australia AUS 18 Dec 69  
35 15.95     Festus Igbinoghene Nigeria NGR 21 Oct 69  
36 15.91     Sergey Arzamasov Kazakhstan KAZ 9 Apr 71  
37 15.90     Maksim Smetanin Kyrgyzstan KGZ 17 Feb 74  
38 15.89     Yevgeniy Petin Uzbekistan UZB 29 Jan 75  
39 15.63     Paul Nioze Seychelles SEY 19 Mar 67  
40 15.40     Kawan Lovelace Belize BIZ 29 Jun 76  
41 15.27     Hussein Turky Iraq IRQ 22 Jul 66  
42 14.47     Ndabazihle Mdhlongwa Zimbabwe ZIM 30 May 73  
43 14.25     Mohamed Karim Sassi Tunisia TUN 12 Dec 68  
 
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Qualification

Group A

Group B
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  
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  
3 8  Volodymyr Kravchenko (UKR) 16.71 16.90 X 16.90 m  
3 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
 

Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Kenny Harrison (USA) 17.99 X 18.09 X 18.09 m OR
2nd  Jonathan Edwards (GBR) X X 17.13 17.88 X X 17.88 m  
3rd  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   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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