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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Men's Triple jump

 

 

Host City: Beijing, China Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 17.10 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 18, 2008  
Date Finished: August 21, 2008  
(Competitors: 39; Countries: 27; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF    2008_olympic_stadium.jpg
Four jumpers went beyond 17.00 but failed to qualify, with Cuba’s Alexis Copello producing the longest-ever non-qualifier of 17.09. An even dozen made the 17.10 standard, led by Idowu’s easy 17.44. The British World Indoor Champion, undefeated in 2008 was the favourite, and duly led after the first round of the final with 17.51. 2007 World Champion Evora improved from 17.31 to 17.56 in round 2 to take the lead, and was followed by Girat’s 17.52. Sands produced a Bahamanian record 17.59 in the third round, immediately after Idowu had jumped 17.62. Evora showed his competitive ability with 17.67 in round 4 (17.80 from toe to heel). The Portuguese jumper effectively deflated the competition with no-one thereafter able to get beyond 17.32, and thus won Portugal’s first ever field event gold or medal.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The favorite was Portugal’s Nelson Évora, who had won the 2007 World Championships. Jumping fifth in the early rounds of the final, Évora led off with 17.31 (56-9½) but two jumpers later was surpassed by Britain’s Phillips Idowu, who bounded 17.51 (57-5½). Évora responded in round two with 17.56 (57-7½), but Idowu re-took the lead in round three with 17.62 (57-9¾), Évora fouling. Leevan Sands (BAH) moved into second place with his third effort of 17.59 (57-8½). In round four, Évora got off the gold medal winner, 17.67 (57-11¾), as Idowu and Sands could not improve their earlier marks, winning the silver and bronze medals respectively. No Americans qualified for the final, continuing the poor US performance in the jumps, in which only one American qualified for a final – pole vaulter Derek Miles.
 

Records

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

World record United Kingdom Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 18.29 m Gothenburg, Sweden 7 August 1995
Olympic record  Kenny Harrison (USA) 18.09 m Atlanta, United States 27 August 1996

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

 
        Results        

The men's triple jump at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 18–21 August at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.

The qualifying standards were 17.10 m (56.1 ft) (A standard) and 16.80 m (55.12 ft) (B standard).

Men's Triple Jump - FINAL

In an event where the World record hasn’t been in jeopardy since the owner of that same mark took a bow from athletics, the men’s Triple Jump final at the Beijing Olympic Games was arguably one of the best the event has ever witnessed.

Under the watchful eye of Jonathan Edwards, whose 18.29 has now stood for 13 years,  no fewer than seven men broke the 17 metres barrier with four over 17.50 metres. For the first time since the 1997 IAAF World Championships, 17.52m was not enough to win a medal. In Olympic history, that mark would have won at least bronze at each edition of the Games.

Reigning World champion Nelson Evora found his best form of the year when it mattered most. He came into the competition with a 17.24 season’s best, a mark he improved by 10 centimetres in the qualification round before adding another 33 centimetres in the final.

With a fourth round 17.67, Evora became the sixth athlete in the history of the event to win both the Olympic and World Championships titles after the likes of Khristo Markov (1988/1987), Kenny Harrison (1996/1991), Mike Conley (1992/1993), Jonathan Edwards (2000/1995&2001) and Christian Olsson (2004/2003).

World Indoor champion and Edwards’ pick for gold Phillips Idowu took a bitter-sweet silver medal just five centimetres off Evora with 2003 World Championships bronze medallist Leevan Sands finishing third with a new Bahamian record 17.59.

Former World junior champion Arnie David Giralt improved his personal best by 2 centimetres, his second round 17.52 being worth a temporarily silver but eventually only good enough for fourth.

“I can’t believe it yet,” said Evora. “This is the turning point of my life. This medal means a lot to me. As a young man who dreams of getting the championship, my dream is realised today.”

“I was expecting a great result. I wanted to jump for my personal best. I didn’t get that but I got a season’s best. My coach did everything perfectly.”

Evora struck the field with his opener 17.31, an effort to which Idowu responded the best as he landed at 17.51. Some may have thought that the competition had just been killed. They couldn’t have been further from the truth.

To wrap up a superb first round, Giralt leapt to 17.27 with defending bronze medallist Marian Oprea just 5 centimetres adrift. World silver medallist Jadel Gregorio concluded the list of 17 metre jumpers with his own 17.14. Not a bad start to the event.

Well more was in store as Evora didn’t wait to regain the lead. Hitting the board with perfection he landed at 17.56, five centimetres ahead of Idowu. The British champion could ‘only’ manage 17.31 as just a few minutes later Girat hopped stepped and jumped to his best of the night to leapfrog into second. Idowu had been relegated into third by one centimetre.

Round three saw more changes up top in the standings after Evora recorded his only foul of the evening. This time it was Idowu who hit the board to perfection, his 17.62 giving him the lead for the second time this evening. Evora was in second and Giralt down to third.

But that too didn’t last long as Sands’ longest of the evening came in round three. He held the silver medal, three centimetres off Idowu and another three ahead of Evora.

As the order was reversed in round four, Idowu jumping last and Evora jumping third from last it was the Portuguese record holder who had the last word. He mastered a superb 17.67 which would prove the best of the evening.

Idowu responded well with a jump which looked slightly better but he was given a red flag and that was virtually the end of the competition.

The only one to improve in the last two rounds was Gregorio who moved up a spot from seventh with a last round 17.20 to push back Onochie Achike to seventh at 17.17.

Oprea would have to do with fifth as Giralt left medalless in a night which saw Cuba win their first medal of the athletics competition here in Beijing.

“I would have liked to go into the London 2012 Olympics as the defending champion, and I can’t believe I’m standing here disappointed with silver, but I am,” said Idowu. “I can’t complain with the silver but I’m a winner and I had been undefeated coming into this. This is the one I didn’t want to lose.”

Sands declared: “I said if I was going to medal, I was going to cry. I couldn’t cry. I’m overjoyed.”

The one to cry tonight was Evora who after letting his emotions go in the hug he shared with his personal coach, went on to shake hands with all the finalists before taking a Portuguese flag from his own bag and embarking on a well deserved victory lap.

Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF

Triple jump Men     Final 21 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 17.67 1.1   Nelson Évora Portugal POR 20 Apr 84  
2 17.62 0.9   Phillips Idowu Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 78  
3 17.59 0.9   Leevan Sands Bahamas BAH 16 Aug 81 NR
4 17.52 0.2   David Girat Cuba CUB 28 Aug 84  
5 17.22 -0.2   Marian Oprea Romania ROU 6 Jun 82  
6 17.20 0.2   Jadel Gregório Brazil BRA 16 Sep 80  
7 17.17 -0.2   Larry Achike Great Britain GBR 31 Jan 75  
8 16.87 -0.3   Viktor Kuznetsov Ukraine UKR 17 Jul 86  
9 16.79 -0.6   Igor Spasovkhodskiy Russia RUS 1 Aug 79  
10 16.77 1.2   Li Yanxi China CHN 26 Jun 83  
11 16.48 -0.2   Momchil Karailiev Bulgaria BUL 21 May 82  
12 16.28 -0.6   Héctor Fuentes Cuba CUB 19 May 88  

Men's Triple Jump - qualification

 

With 39 athletes entered in the men’s Triple Jump it took the two qualification rounds just under two hours to conclude.

Although it proved a long contest there was going to be only one way to the final as 12 went further the required automatic qualifier at 17.10m. It was either in automatically or nothing today!

Most impressive of all was season leader and reigning World Indoor champion Phillips Idowu who has been picked as a likely candidate for gold by his compatriot and World record holder Jonathan Edwards.

Idowu’s opening 17.44m, his fourth best mark of the year, was achieved with such ease that legitimally one can expect better things from the 29-year-old national indoor record holder.

Three others only needed one effort to secure their qualification for Thursday night and those included World silver medallist Jadel Gregorio at 17.15m, runner-up in the world season’s lists Arnie David Giralt at 17.30m and former World Championships medallist Leevan Sands at 17.25m.

Reigning World champion Nelson Evora of Portugal who has yet to recover his 17.74m shape from 2007 leapt to a season’s best 17.34m after fouling his opening attempt. His ease was just as impressive and after a so-so season he seems to be back in top form.

There will be a second Cuban and a second British jumper in the final with both Onochie Achike, a former Commonwealth and World Junior champion, and Hector Fuentes, a former World Youth champion, advancing from group B respectively at 17.18m and 17.14m.

The loudest cheer from the back straight stand came when Asian champion Li Yanxi landed to a new personal best 17.30m to bounce into top standing in group B. After decent efforts at 16.93m and 16.83m, the 24-year-old Chinese champion regrouped to hop step and jump his way into the final. A Chinese man hadn’t made it to a triple jump final since Zou Sixin’s eighth place in Barcelona 1992.

Defending Olympic silver medallist Marian Oprea will be the only representative of the Athens podium with a chance of a medal repeat, the Romanian only just made it with a final round effort 17.17m. Three more Eastern Europeans complete the line-up for Thursday: Igor Spasovkhodskiy of Russia, Viktor Kuznyetsov of the Ukraine and Momchil Karailiev of Bulgaria.

The list of casualties reads like a who’s who of men’s triple jump with no fewer than six of the world’s season top ten failing to make the cut. Top of the list are Alexis Copello of Cuba whose 17.09m was a mere centimetre too short, Dmitrij Valukevic of Slovakia (17.08) and Randy Lewis of Grenada (17.06). All three have jumped further than 17.40m this year with Lewis reaching this standard twice. Here they were unable to match their best and had to leave the full house Olympic stadium with a sour taste in their mouth.

The defending bronze medallist Danil Burkenya had an even poorer showing his best of today being a disappointing 16.69m. Russia’s third man Alexander  Petrenko, him too well over 17.40 this year, faded badly with 16.88m as did US champion Aarik Wilson who was almost one metre and a half off his year best of 17.43m.

Disappointingly none of the three American jumpers made it past the qualification round, another setback for the US team after the men’s long jumpers experienced the same embarrassment on Saturday.

Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF
Triple jump Men     Qualification 18 August      
                 
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 17.44 1.0 Q Phillips Idowu Great Britain GBR 30 Dec 78  
2 17.34 1.1 Q Nelson Évora Portugal POR 20 Apr 84  
3 17.30 0.6 Q Li Yanxi China CHN 26 Jun 83  
4 17.30 0.9 Q David Girat Cuba CUB 28 Aug 84  
5 17.25 0.5 Q Leevan Sands Bahamas BAH 16 Aug 81  
6 17.23 0.4 Q Igor Spasovkhodskiy Russia RUS 1 Aug 79  
7 17.18 1.1 Q Larry Achike Great Britain GBR 31 Jan 75  
8 17.17 -0.7 Q Marian Oprea Romania ROU 6 Jun 82  
9 17.15 0.4 Q Jadel Gregório Brazil BRA 16 Sep 80  
10 17.14 1.1 Q Héctor Fuentes Cuba CUB 19 May 88  
11 17.12 0.6 Q Momchil Karailiev Bulgaria BUL 21 May 82  
12 17.11 0.1 Q Viktor Kuznetsov Ukraine UKR 17 Jul 86  
13 17.09 0.6   Alexis Copello Cuba CUB 12 Aug 85  
14 17.08 0.5   Dmitrij Vaľukevič Slovakia SVK 31 May 81  
15 17.06 0.6   Randy Lewis Grenada GRN 14 Oct 80  
16 17.00 0.9   Mykola Savolaynen Ukraine UKR 25 Mar 80  
17 16.97 1.1   Aleksandr Petrenko Russia RUS 8 Feb 83  
18 16.88 0.4   Kim Duk-Hyung South Korea KOR 8 Dec 85  
19 16.88 0.4   Rafeeq Curry United States USA 19 Aug 83  
20 16.72 0.1   Nathan Douglas Great Britain GBR 4 Dec 82  
21 16.70 0.1   Fabrizio Donato Italy ITA 14 Aug 76  
22 16.69 1.0   Danila Burkenya Russia RUS 20 Jul 78  
23 16.65 1.0   Dimítrios Tsiámis Greece GRE 12 Jan 82  
24 16.62 0.5   Vladimir Letnicov Moldova MDA 7 Oct 81  
25 16.55 0.9   Kenta Bell United States USA 16 Mar 77  
26 16.52 0.4   Viktor Yastrebov Ukraine UKR 13 Jan 82  
27 16.51 0.1   Dzmitry Platnitski Belarus BLR 26 Aug 88  
28 16.45 1.0   Jefferson Sabino Brazil BRA 4 Nov 82  
29 16.42 1.2   Colomba Fofana France FRA 11 Apr 77  
30 16.20 0.6   Roman Valiyev Kazakhstan KAZ 27 Mar 84  
31 16.03 0.4   Ibrahim Mohamed Aboubaker Qatar QAT 10 Dec 82  
32 16.01 0.3   Hugo Mamba Cameroon CMR 1 Feb 82  
33 15.97 0.9   Aarik Wilson United States USA 25 Oct 82  
34 15.94 1.0   Gu Junjie China CHN 5 May 85  
35 15.77 0.5   Renjith Maheswary India IND 30 Jan 86  
36 15.59 0.4   Zhong Minwei China CHN 9 Apr 87  
37 15.29 1.6   Redzhep Selman FYRO Macedonia MKD 8 Apr 86  
  NM     Tareq Bougtaïb Morocco MAR 30 Apr 81  
  NM     Ndiss Kaba Badji Senegal SEN 21 Sep 83  
 
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Qualifying round

Qualifying Performance 17.10 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 1 2 3 Mark Notes
1 A Phillips Idowu Great Britain 17.44
(+1.0)
    17.44 Q
2 A Nelson Évora Portugal x 17.34
(+1.1)
  17.34 Q, SB
3 B Li Yanxi China 16.93
(+0.6)
16.83
(-0.5)
17.30
(+0.6)
17.30 Q, PB
4 A Arnie David Giralt Cuba 17.30
(+0.9)
    17.30 Q
5 B Leevan Sands Bahamas 17.25
(+0.5)
    17.25 Q
6 A Igor Spasovkhodskiy Russia 16.79
(+1.8)
16.85
(+1.2)
17.23
(+0.4)
17.23 Q
7 B Onochie Achike Great Britain x 17.18
(+1.1)
  17.18 Q
8 A Marian Oprea Romania x 16.99
(-0.1)
17.17
(-0.7)
17.17 Q
9 A Jadel Gregório Brazil 17.15
(+0.4)
    17.15 Q
10 B Héctor Dairo Fuentes Cuba 16.73
(+0.3)
16.42
(+0.8)
17.14
(+1.1)
17.14 Q
11 B Momchil Karailiev Bulgaria 17.06
(+0.4)
17.12
(+0.6)
  17.12 Q
12 A Viktor Kuznyetsov Ukraine 16.70
(+0.8)
17.11
(+0.1)
  17.11 Q
13 A Alexis Copello Cuba 17.09
(+0.6)
16.92
(+0.1)
x 17.09  
14 A Dmitrij Valukevic Slovakia x 16.86
(+0.4)
17.08
(+0.5)
17.08  
15 B Randy Lewis Grenada x 17.06
(+0.6)
x 17.06  
16 B Mykola Savolaynen Ukraine 17.00
(+0.9)
16.55
(+0.5)
16.29
(+0.5)
17.00 SB
17 B Aleksandr Petrenko Russia 16.84
(+0.6)
16.97
(+1.1)
16.74
(+0.9)
16.97  
18 A Kim Deok-Hyeon South Korea 16.68
(+0.4)
14.68
(+1.0)
16.88
(+0.4)
16.88  
19 A Rafeeq Curry United States x 16.23
(+1.7)
16.88
(+0.4)
16.88  
20 B Nathan Douglas Great Britain 16.45
(+0.8)
16.68
(+1.2)
16.72
(+0.1)
16.72  
21 A Fabrizio Donato Italy 16.10
(+0.4)
x 16.70
(+0.1)
16.70  
22 B Danil Burkenya Russia 16.44
(+0.5)
16.69
(+1.0)
15.65
(+0.5)
16.69  
23 B Dimitrios Tsiamis Greece 16.37
(+0.6)
16.65
(+1.0)
16.48
(+0.5)
16.65  
24 B Vladimir Letnicov Moldova 16.62
(+0.5)
x x 16.62  
25 A Kenta Bell United States 16.55
(+0.9)
x 16.17
(0.0)
16.55  
26 B Viktor Yastrebov Ukraine x x 16.52
(+0.4)
16.52  
27 A Dzmitry Platnitski Belarus 16.51
(+0.1)
x x 16.51  
28 A Jefferson Sabino Brazil 16.12
(+0.6)
16.45
(+1.0)
x 16.45  
29 B Colomba Fofana France 16.42
(+1.2)
15.47
(+0.6)
x 16.42  
30 A Roman Valiyev Kazakhstan x 16.20
(+0.6)
15.93
(+0.3)
16.20  
31 A Ibrahim Mohamdein Aboubaker Qatar 16.03
(+0.4)
16.02
(+1.4)
15.90
(+0.1)
16.03  
32 B Hugo Mamba-Schlick Cameroon 16.01
(+0.3)
14.98
(+0.6)
x 16.01  
33 B Aarik Wilson United States x 15.51
(+0.8)
15.97
(+0.9)
15.97  
34 B Gu Junjie China 15.94
(+1.0)
15.87
(+0.8)
x 15.94  
35 B Renjith Maheshwary India 15.77
(+0.5)
x 15.51
(0.5)
15.77  
36 A Zhong Minwei China 15.59
(+0.4)
x 14.91
(0.8)
15.59  
37 A Redzep Selman Macedonia 14.98
(+0.5)
15.29
(+1.6)
15.28
(+0.2)
15.29  
  B Ndiss Kaba Badji Senegal x x - NM  
  B Tarik Bouguetaïb Morocco x x x NM  
 

Final

Rank Name Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Nelson Évora Portugal 17.31 17.56 x 17.67 17.24 16.52 17.67 SB
2nd Phillips Idowu Great Britain 17.51 17.31 17.62 x 17.26 16.41 17.62 SB
3rd Leevan Sands Bahamas 16.91 16.55 17.59 17.26 17.32 x 17.59 NR
4 Arnie David Giralt Cuba 17.27 17.52 17.24 17.48 x 17.08 17.52 PB
5 Marian Oprea Romania 17.22 x x x x 16.69 17.22  
6 Jadel Gregório Brazil 17.14 16.55 13.79 16.83 16.78 17.20 17.20  
7 Onochie Achike Great Britain 16.74 x 17.17 x 17.04 x 17.17  
8 Viktor Kuznyetsov Ukraine 16.71 16.87 x 16.81 16.48 x 16.87  
 
9 Igor Spasovkhodskiy Russia 16.79 16.37 15.63       16.79  
10 Yanxi Li China 15.93 16.35 16.77       16.77  
11 Momchil Karailiev Bulgaria 16.48 16.39 16.38       16.48  
12 Héctor Dairo Fuentes Cuba 15.92 x 16.28       16.28  

 

 

 

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