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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 14, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900
Format: Top five in qualifying advanced to the final.

Gold: USA Al Kraenzlein
Silver: USA Meyer Prinstein
Bronze: GBR Pat Leahy

Summary

This was expected to be one of the top competitions as the three top long jumpers in the world – Al Kraenzlein, Meyer Prinstein, and Ireland's Peter O'Connor – were entered. Kraenzlein and Prinstein had set six of the last seven world records during the past three years, while O'Connor would begin later in the summer to set four consecutive world records. Unfortunately, O'Connor failed to show up.

Qualifying was held on Saturday and the final on Sunday. The top five finishers in the qualifying round were allowed to compete in the final, with marks made in qualifying counting towards the final results. After Saturday, Meyer Prinstein led with 7.175 to Al Kraenzlein's 6.93 metres. Some sources claim that Prinstein and Kraenzlein both made an agreement at that point to not compete on Sunday.

Whether they did or not, Kraenzlein did jump on Sunday and edged out Prinstein by one centimetre. Prinstein was outraged and may have punched Kraenzlein when the result was announced. Though difficult to tell if any fists actually landed, he definitely had to be restrained to keep him from Kraenzlein. The ironic thing about all this is that both Kraenzlein and Prinstein competed on their Sabbaths. Prinstein, a Jew, competed on Saturday, while Kraenzlein, a Gentile, competed on Sunday.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Al Kraenzlein 23 United States USA Gold 7.185 OR
2 Meyer Prinstein 21 United States USA Silver 7.175 OR
3 Pat Leahy 22 Great Britain GBR Bronze 6.950
4 William Remington 21 United States USA 6.825
5 Albert Delannoy France FRA 6.755
6 John McLean 22 United States USA 6.655
7 Thaddeus McClain 23 United States USA 6.435
8 Waldemar Steffen 27 Germany GER 6.300
9 Ernő Schubert 18 Hungary HUN 6.050
10 Gyula Strausz 20 Hungary HUN 6.010
11 Tore Blom 20 Sweden SWE 5.770
12 Eric Lemming 20 Sweden SWE 5.500