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Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London; White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 22, 1908
Date Finished: July 22, 1908

Gold: USA Frank Irons
Silver: USA Dan Kelly
Bronze: CAN Cal Bricker

Summary

The British Isles had no top jumper since Ireland's Peter O'Connor had retired after the 1906 Olympics. America also was lacking a dominant long jumper as Meyer Prinstein was no longer competing. O'Connor was the holder of the world record of 24-11¾ (7.61), which he had set in 1901 and which, amazingly enough, remained an Irish record until 1990.

Frank Irons (USA) easily surpassed his best form at home and his victory was one of the major upsets of the 1908 Olympics. He led the qualifying with 24-5 (7.44) and improved to 24-6 (7.48) in the final. He was the only one of the three finalists to improve on his performance in the qualifying round and his winning mark placed him third on the all-time list behind O'Connor and Prinstein. Irons later won the AAU long jump title in both 1909 and 1910 and in 1909 also won the triple jump. He competed at the 1912 Olympics as well, but finished 9th in the long jump.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D(M) D(I)
1 Frank Irons 22 United States USA Gold 7.48 24-6½ OR
2 Dan Kelly 24 United States USA Silver 7.09 23-3¼
3 Cal Bricker 23 Canada CAN Bronze 7.08 23-3
4 Ed Cook 18 United States USA 6.97 22-10½
5 John Brennan 28 United States USA 6.86 22-6¼
6 Frank Mount Pleasant United States USA 6.82 22-4½
7 Albert Weinstein 22 Germany GER 6.77 22-2¾
8 Tim Ahearne 22 Great Britain GBR 6.72 22-0¾
9 Denis Murray Great Britain GBR 6.71 22-0¼
10 Gunnar Rönström 24 Sweden SWE 6.67 21-10½
11 Charles Williams 20 Great Britain GBR 6.65 21-10
12 Sam Bellah 20 United States USA 6.64 21-9½
13 Frank Lukeman 22 Canada CAN 6.59 21-7½
14 Ödön Holits 21 Hungary HUN 6.54 21-5½
15 Arthur Hoffmann 20 Germany GER 6.50 21-4
16 Al Bellerby 20 Great Britain GBR 6.44 21-1¾
17 Wilf Bleaden 21 Great Britain GBR 6.43 21-1½
18 Willie Watt Great Britain GBR 6.42 21-0¾
19 George Barber 23 Canada CAN 6.41 21-0½
20 Carl Silfverstrand 22 Sweden SWE 6.34 20-9½
AC Ludwig Uettwiller 21 Germany GER 6.05 19-10¼
AC Bram Evers 21 Netherlands NED
AC James O'Connell 25 United States USA
AC Jacobus Hoogveld 23 Netherlands NED
AC Hugo Wieslander 18 Sweden SWE
AC Hermann von Bönninghausen 19 Germany GER
AC Henri Gutierrez France FRA
AC Lionel Cornish 28 Great Britain GBR
AC Géza Kövesdi Hungary HUN
AC Garfield MacDonald 26 Canada CAN
AC Arvid Ringstrand 20 Sweden SWE
AC Henry Olsen 21 Norway NOR