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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 30, 1906
Date Finished: April 30, 1906
Format: Final only.

Gold: GBR Peter O'Connor
Silver: GBR Con Leahy
Bronze: USA Tom Cronan

Summary

Another interesting match-up, which paired Meyer Prinstein, Peter O'Connor, and high jump champion, Con Leahy. Leahy had trouble with his steps but still led throughout until O'Connor bested him in the last round. Prinstein was not a factor, as he had injured his ankle in the long jump.

At the end an interview, O'Connor described what he considered to be the final comeuppance, "The limit, however, was reached when the officials hoisted on the Olympic masts the three flags indicating the nationality of the first, second, and third winners of the long jump - the British Union Jack being flown for my being second. I was an accomplished gymnast in my youth and my active climbing of the post excited the spectators. At a height of about 20 feet, I unfurled my big green flag [of Ireland] and remained aloft for some considerable time waving it vigorously. Con Leahy assisted in the demonstration by keeping fighting guard at the foot of the pole, meantime waving his green flag and defying every effort of the officials to prevent the demonstration which caused a great sensation." Though O'Connor described this (in 1956) as having occurred after the long jump, which he won, American newspapers (specifically The Chicago Tribune) mentioned this occurrence, and noted that it happened after the triple jump, not the long jump.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Peter O'Connor 33 Great Britain GBR Gold 14.075
2 Con Leahy 29 Great Britain GBR Silver 13.980
3 Tom Cronan 20 United States USA Bronze 13.700
4 Oscar Guttormsen 22 Norway NOR 13.340
5 Dimitrios Muller Greece GRE 13.125
6 Francis Connolly 19 United States USA 12.750
7 Vasilios Stournaras Greece GRE 12.725
8 Carl Alfred Pedersen 23 Norway NOR 12.680
9 Paul Weinstein 28 Germany GER 12.615
10 Khristos Parsalis Greece GRE 12.520
11 Meyer Prinstein 27 United States USA 12.270
12 Bohuslav Pohl-Polenský Bohemia BOH 12.195
13 Eric Lemming 26 Sweden SWE 12.195
14 Niels Løw 24 Denmark DEN 12.000
15 Gustav Krojer 20 Austria AUT 11.985
16 L. Leon Greece GRE 11.960
17 Stavros Lelekos Greece GRE 11.455
AC Martin Brustmann 20 Germany GER NM
AC Karl Lampelmayer Austria AUT NM
AC Nikolaos Andreadakis Greece GRE NM
AC James B. Connolly 37 United States USA NM