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Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Triple 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 6, 1896
Date Finished: April 6, 1896
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA James B. Connolly
Silver: FRA Alexandre Tuffèri
Bronze: GRE Ioannis Persakis

Summary

The hop, step and jump was the first final contested at the 1896 Olympic Games. The competition occurred on 6 April 1896. The honor of being the first Modern Olympic Champion thus went to the winner of this event, James B. Connolly of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, the [Suffolk Athletic Club], and briefly, [Harvard University].

Connolly led a field of seven competitors, with France's Alexandre Tuffèri finishing second, and Greece's Ioannis Persakis third. Tuffèri was the first jumper and Connolly the last. There were no precise rules at the style required. The styles of the medalists were described in The Field as follows: Connolly took two hops on his right foot and then a jump; Tuffèri performed a hop, step and a jump in the standard English method; and Persakis used two steps and a jump. Persakis' method was apparently the common one used in Greece where the event was popular and often held at various village festivals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 James B. Connolly 27 United States USA Gold 13.71 OR
2 Alexandre Tuffèri 19 France FRA Silver 12.70
3 Ioannis Persakis Greece GRE Bronze 12.52
4 Alajos Szokoly 24 Hungary HUN 11.26
5 Carl Schuhmann 26 Germany GER
AC Khristos Zoumis Greece GRE
AC Fritz Hofmann 24 Germany GER