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2004 Olympic Games Athens - Men's Long jump

 

 

Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 8.10 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 24, 2004  
Date Finished: August 26, 2004  
(Competitors: 40; Countries: 30; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Overview by IAAF   2004-athens-stadium.jpg 
World Champion Phillips settled things quickly with an opening leap of 8.59, utilising his speed (6.47 over 60m), and an efficient jumping style similar to 80s star Larry Myricks. Ţăruş and Tomlinson responded well with jumps of 8.21 and 8.25 to close out the first round. Moffitt moved into second with 8.28 in the next round and was followed by Martinez, who appeared to have a board foul, but was given the white flag for a jump measured at 8.32. There were no further jumps over 8.20 until round four, when Gaisah moved into fifth with 8.24 and was then overtaken by Beckford’s 8.31. The Jamaican with the distinctive landing technique then had a jump on the same part of the board as Martinez’s 8.32 but this jump (of around 8.50) was ruled a foul. Two jumps later the NCAA Champion Moffitt produced a lifetime best of 8.47 to win the silver medal. Defending champion Pedroso was able to produce his best in round six, but 8.23 only moved him one position upwards to seventh. Every jumper from fourth to 12th achieved the best for that position in an Olympic final. In the qualifying, Bulgaria’s Petar Dachev achieved 8.05 to be the best ever non-qualifier in athletics history.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
American Dwight Phillips was the favorite, having won the Olympic Trials and leading the world list with 8.60 (28-2¾). He had also won the 2003 World Championships. The competition was over early in Athina, as Phillips opened the final with 8.59 (28-2¼) – it would be his best mark and would win the gold medal. He had only one other fair mark, 8.35 (27-4¾) in the final round, and passed rounds 4-5. Behind him, American John Moffitt won the silver medal with his fifth round mark of 8.47 (27-9½), surpassing Spaniard Joan Lino Martínez who had jumped 8.32 (27-3¾) in round two. Defending champion Iván Pedroso (CUB) was back in the final, but finished seventh, now past his best years.
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Mike Powell (USA) 8.95 m Tokyo, Japan 30 August 1991
Olympic record  Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 m Mexico City, Mexico 18 October 1968

No new records were set during the competition.

 
        Results        
 
26 AUG 2004 General News Athens, Greece

Men's Long Jump Final

There have been several surprises in Athens thus far, but Dwight Phillips’ win in the Long Jump was not among them.

The reigning World champion, 2004 world leader and perhaps the only solid favorite leading up to the Games, Phillips wasted little time in his quest to return the gold medal to the United States.

With an opening round leap of 8.59, a performance just one centimetre shy of his world-leading 8.60 leap from Linz earlier this month, the 26-year-old from Decatur, Georgia immediately turned the competition into one for second place. Only Olympic record holder Bob Beamon, and 1992 gold and silver medallists Carl Lewis and Mike Powell have ever jumped farther in Olympic competition.

“I feel great,” said Phillips, who followed up his winning effort with two fouls and a pair of passes before ending with an 8.32. “I wanted to break the World record, but I tried too hard, and when you try to hard, it never happens.”

Unlike Phillips, who also jumped to the World indoor title in 2003, the silver medallist was a surprise. John Moffitt, this year’s NCAA champion, outdid any and all expectations with his 8.47 leap in the fourth round, a personal best by nearly 20 centimetres.

Only Phillips has jumped farther this year. With his late-competition clutch performance, the 23-year-old graduate of Louisiana State University completed turned in the third farthest ever-silver medal winning jump.

“I’m just honored that we’re carrying on the tradition of great jumpers like Carl Lewis, Mike Powell, Bob Beamon and Ralph Boston,” the personable, ever-smiling Phillips said of the 1-2 American sweep. Phillips, who was a distant eighth in Sydney, added, “It really doesn’t get any better than this.”

The battle for the remaining medals began in the second round when Spaniard Joan Lino Martinez reached 8.32, a near-PB for the Cuban native. Jamaican James Beckford reached 8.31 in the third round, a leap farther than his silver medal winning performance from Atlanta, but here, it left him just a centimetre shy of a medal.

Briton Christopher Tomlinson was a solid fifth with a 8.25 leap, just a centimeter ahead of Ignisious Gaisah. Defending champion Ivan Pedroso, whose best this year prior to the qualifying round was just 7.74, came armed with solid 8.19 and 8.23 efforts to finish seventh.

In a surprisingly deep competition, Jonathan Chimier of Mauritius, who leapt 8.03, earned the distinction of having the farthest last lap jump in Olympic history.

Long jump Men     Final 26 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.59 1.0   Dwight Phillips United States USA 1 Oct 77  
2 8.47 0.9   John Moffitt United States USA 12 Dec 80  
3 8.32 1.3   Joan Lino Martínez Spain ESP 17 Mar 78  
4 8.31 0.8   James Beckford Jamaica JAM 9 Jan 75  
5 8.25 1.6   Chris Tomlinson Great Britain GBR 15 Sep 81  
6 8.24 0.8   Ignisious Gaisah Ghana GHA 20 Jul 83  
7 8.23 0.7   Iván Pedroso Cuba CUB 17 Dec 72  
8 8.21 0.7   Bogdan Ţăruş Romania ROU 1 Aug 75  
9 8.04 1.3   Vitaliy Shkurlatov Russia RUS 25 May 79  
10 8.03 1.4   Jonathan Chimier Mauritius MRI 6 Aug 82  
11 7.98 1.0   Yago Lamela Spain ESP 24 Jul 77  
12 7.94 0.9   Salim Sdiri France FRA 26 Oct 78  
24 AUG 2004 General News

Men's Long Jump - Qualification Round

Living up to expectations, reigning World Champion Dwight Phillips needed but one effort to advance to Thursday’s final in the Long Jump, with an 8.31 effort to lead all qualifiers.

The 26-year-old American champion has dominated the event the past two seasons, beginning with his World Indoor title in Birmingham in 2003. This year, he leads the world with his 8.60 personal best from the Linz Grand Prix. No one is within 25 centimeters of him on the world list.

The surprise of the evening was Jonathan Chimier of Mauritius, who extended his own national record to 8.28. The 22-year-old, winner at this year’s African championships, arrived in the Greek capital with a best of 8.10. At last year’s World Championships and this year’s World Indoor championships, Chimier did not move on from the qualifying round. Here, he needed just one jump.

Briton Christopher Tomlinson reached a seasonal best of 8.23, the third farthest of the evening. The effort was just three centimetres shy of his two-year-old British record. Atlanta Olympic silver medallist James Beckford of Jamaica, the Commonwealth record holder, reached 8.20 with his only jump to easily advance as well. American John Moffitt (8.17) and Spaniard Joan Lino Martinez (8.10) also surpassed the 8.10 automatic qualifying distance.

Among the rest of the qualifiers is defending champion and nine-time World Indoor and Outdoor champion Ivan Pedroso. The 31-year-old Cuban, arguably one of the finest jumpers ever, had been struggling with injury the past two seasons, and had managed a season’s best of just 7.74 this season. Here, he reached 8.05 with his first jump, and 8.04 with his third to advance to his third Olympic final.

Ghanaian Ignisious Gaisah, fourth at the World Championships last year, moves on as well after his third rounde 8.05.

Notable non-qualifiers included American Walter Davis, the triple jump specialist who was second at the U.S Trials, but couldn’t manage better than a 7.80 effort. Cayman Islander Kareem Streete-Thompson reached a best of just 7.85.

Long jump Men     Qualifying Round Group A 24 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.31 -0.1 Q Dwight Phillips United States USA 1 Oct 77  
2 8.17 0.1 Q John Moffitt United States USA 12 Dec 80  
3 8.10 -0.1 Q Joan Lino Martínez Spain ESP 17 Mar 78  
4 8.08 -0.1 Q Bogdan Ţăruş Romania ROU 1 Aug 75  
5 8.05 0.1 Q Iván Pedroso Cuba CUB 17 Dec 72  
6 8.05 0.1 Q Ignisious Gaisah Ghana GHA 20 Jul 83  
7 7.99 1.2   Kafétien Gomis France FRA 23 Mar 80  
8 7.94 0.1   Kirill Sosunov Russia RUS 1 Nov 75  
9 7.90 -0.5   Nikolai Atanasov Bulgaria BUL 11 Dec 74  
10 7.88 -0.1   Volodymyr Zyuskov Ukraine UKR 29 Aug 81  
11 7.86 0.1   Nicola Trentin Italy ITA 20 Jun 74  
12 7.78 -0.1   Gable Garenamotse Botswana BOT 30 Jun 79  
13 7.77 0.0   Siniša Ergotić Croatia CRO 14 Sep 68  
14 7.74 -0.5   Ndiss Kaba Badji Senegal SEN 21 Sep 83  
15 7.70 0.9   Shin-ichi Terano Japan JPN 10 Jul 79  
16 7.62 1.3   Yahya Berrabah Morocco MAR 13 Oct 81  
17 7.47 -0.1   Zhou Can China CHN 20 May 79  
18 7.45 0.2   Dimítrios Filíndras Greece GRE 9 Feb 73  
19 7.38 0.0   Tamás Margl Hungary HUN 18 Jun 76  
20 7.32 -0.6   Gregor Cankar Slovenia SLO 25 Jan 75  
  NM     Dimítrios Serélis Greece GRE 5 May 80  
Long jump Men     Qualifying Round Group B 24 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8.28 0.0 Q Jonathan Chimier Mauritius MRI 6 Aug 82 NR
2 8.23 0.9 Q Chris Tomlinson Great Britain GBR 15 Sep 81  
3 8.20 0.3 Q James Beckford Jamaica JAM 9 Jan 75  
4 8.09 0.3 Q Vitaliy Shkurlatov Russia RUS 25 May 79  
5 8.08 -0.5 Q Salim Sdiri France FRA 26 Oct 78  
6 8.06 0.1 Q Yago Lamela Spain ESP 24 Jul 77  
7 8.05 0.4   Petar Dachev Bulgaria BUL 15 Jun 79  
8 7.98 0.6   Victor Castillo Venezuela VEN 8 Jun 81  
9 7.85 0.7   Kareem Streete-Thompson Cayman Islands CAY 30 Mar 73  
10 7.81 -0.1   Osbourne Moxey Bahamas BAH 27 Aug 78  
11 7.81 0.4   Loúis Tsátoumas Greece GRE 12 Feb 82  
12 7.80 -0.9   Walter Davis United States USA 2 Jul 79  
13 7.79 -0.4   Tareq Bougtaïb Morocco MAR 30 Apr 81  
14 7.73 0.5   Yann Domenech France FRA 17 Mar 79  
15 7.51 0.2   Nils Winter Germany GER 27 Mar 77  
16 7.50 0.4   Jadel Gregório Brazil BRA 16 Sep 80  
17 7.49 0.3   Gaspar Araújo Portugal POR 17 Dec 81  
18 7.42 0.8   Irving Saladino Panama PAN 23 Jan 83  
19 7.41 -0.1   Abdulrahman S. Al-Nubi Qatar QAT 17 Oct 79  
  NM     Oleksiy Lukashevych Ukraine UKR 11 Jan 77  
 
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Qualifying round

Rule: Qualifying standard 8.10 (Q) or at least 12 best qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Dwight Phillips United States 8.31 8.31 Q
2 B Jonathan Chimier Mauritius 8.28 8.28 Q, NR
3 B Chris Tomlinson Great Britain 7.76 8.23 8.23 Q, SB
4 B James Beckford Jamaica 8.20 8.20 Q
5 A John Moffitt United States 7.80 8.17 8.17 Q
6 A Joan Lino Martínez Spain 8.10 8.10 Q
7 B Vitaliy Shkurlatov Russia 8.09 x x 8.09 q
8 A Bogdan Ţăruş Romania 7.95 8.08 8.08 q
9 B Salim Sdiri France 8.08 x x 8.08 q
10 B Yago Lamela Spain 7.95 8.06 8.06 8.06 q, =SB
11 A Iván Pedroso Cuba 8.05 x 8.04 8.05 q
12 A Ignisious Gaisah Ghana x 7.84 8.05 8.05 q
13 B Petar Dachev Bulgaria 8.05 x 7.83 8.05  
14 A Kafétien Gomis France x 7.99 x 7.99  
15 B Víctor Castillo Venezuela 7.70 7.62 7.98 7.98  
16 A Kirill Sosunov Russia x 7.94 7.76 7.94  
17 A Nikolay Atanasov Bulgaria x 7.88 7.90 7.90  
18 A Volodymyr Zyuskov Ukraine x 7.88 x 7.88  
19 A Nicola Trentin Italy 7.86 x x 7.86  
20 B Kareem Streete-Thompson Cayman Islands x 7.85 7.68 7.85  
21 B Osbourne Moxey Bahamas 7.81 7.80 7.66 7.81  
22 B Louis Tsatoumas Greece 6.99 7.81 x 7.81  
23 B Walter Davis United States 7.37 7.70 7.80 7.80  
24 B Tarik Bouguetaïb Morocco 7.79 7.63 x 7.79  
25 A Gable Garenamotse Botswana 7.78 7.16 7.45 7.78  
26 A Siniša Ergotić Croatia 7.77 7.73 x 7.77  
27 A Ndiss Kaba Badji Senegal 7.47 7.65 7.74 7.74  
28 B Yann Domenech France 7.56 7.73 x 7.73  
29 A Shinichi Terano Japan 7.57 7.58 7.70 7.70  
30 A Yahya Berrabah Morocco 7.53 7.62 7.19 7.62  
31 B Nils Winter Germany 7.51 7.41 x 7.51  
32 B Jadel Gregório Brazil 7.50 x x 7.50  
33 B Gaspar Araújo Portugal x 7.27 7.49 7.49  
34 A Zhou Can China 7.36 7.47 x 7.47  
35 A Dimitrios Filindras Greece x 7.45 7.42 7.45  
36 B Irving Saladino Panama x 7.28 7.42 7.42  
37 B Abdul Rahman Al-Nubi Qatar x 7.41 7.26 7.41  
38 A Tamás Margl Hungary 7.38 7.22 x 7.38  
39 A Gregor Cankar Slovenia 5.04 x 7.32 7.32  
  A Dimítrios Serélis Greece x x x NM  
  B Oleksiy Lukashevych Ukraine DNS  
 

Final

Rank Name Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Dwight Phillips United States 8.59 8.35 x x x x 8.59  
2nd John Moffitt United States 8.10 8.28 7.85 8.19 8.47 8.24 8.47 PB
3rd Joan Lino Martínez Spain 7.79 8.32 8.02 8.06 8.06 x 8.32 PB
4 James Beckford Jamaica 8.15 8.15 8.31 8.12 x x 8.31 =SB
5 Chris Tomlinson Great Britain 8.25 8.04 8.11 8.09 8.05 7.92 8.25  
6 Ignisious Gaisah Ghana 8.01 8.06 8.24 8.12 8.09 x 8.24  
7 Iván Pedroso Cuba x 8.19 x 8.09 x 8.23 8.23 SB
8 Bogdan Ţăruş Romania 8.21 x 8.08 x x 8.16 8.21  
9 Vitaliy Shkurlatov Russia 7.88 8.04 x       8.04  
10 Jonathan Chimier Mauritius 8.03 7.79 6.78       8.03  
11 Yago Lamela Spain 7.98 x x       7.98  
12 Salim Sdiri France 7.94 x x       7.94  

 

 

 

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