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Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

Athletics at the 1896 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 7, 1896
Date Finished: April 7, 1896
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Ellery Clark
Silver: USA Bob Garrett
Bronze: USA James B. Connolly

Summary

Among the 18 final entries, nine competitors started in the broad jump, now usually called the long jump. There were three Americans, two Greeks, two Frenchmen, one German, and one Swede.

Very little is known about this competition except that it was won by Ellery Clark, who would later also win the high jump. His winning mark was 6.35 metres, with the USA sweeping the medals, Bob Garrett finishing second, and James Connolly third.

Clark made his winning leap on his last of three attempts, and wrote of it in his autobiography, **Reminiscences of an Athlete**, "It was little short of agony, I shall never forget my feelings as I stood at the end of the path for my third – and last – try. Five thousand miles, I reflected, I had come; and was it to end in this? Three fouls and then five thousand miles back again, with that for my memory of the Games."

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Ellery Clark 22 United States USA Gold 6.35 OR
2 Bob Garrett 20 United States USA Silver 6.00
3 James B. Connolly 27 United States USA Bronze 5.84
4 Alexandros Khalkokondylis Greece GRE 5.74
AC Alexandre Tuffèri 19 France FRA
AC Athanasios Skaltsogiannis Greece GRE
AC Henrik Sjöberg 21 Sweden SWE
AC Carl Schuhmann 26 Germany GER
AC Alphonse Grisel France FRA