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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 23, 1952
Date Finished: July 23, 1952

Gold: BRA Adhemar da Silva
Silver: URS Leonid Shcherbakov
Bronze: VEN Asnoldo Devonish

Summary

Brazil's Adhemar da Silva had equaled the world record in 1950 and broken it in 1951, and had won the 1951 Pan American Games. He was co-favorite with Soviet Leonid Shcherbakov, the 1950 European Champion. But da Silva dominated the event. He produced four jumps beyond Shcherbakov's best of 15.98 (52-5¼), highlighted by two world records – 16.12 (52-10¾) in round two and 16.22 (53-2¾) in round five. Sixteen metres had only been jumped three times prior to Helsinki, but da Silva did it four times in his series, also getting 16.09 (52-9½) in round four and 16.05 (52-8) in the final round. Venezuela's Asnoldo Devonish was in second after 15.52 (50-11) in round two, but Shcherbakov surpassed him with his fourth round jump.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Adhemar da Silva 24 Brazil BRA Gold WR
2 Leonid Shcherbakov 25 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Asnoldo Devonish 20 Venezuela VEN Bronze
4 Walt Ashbaugh 23 United States USA
5 Rune Nilsen 28 Norway NOR
6 Yoshio Iimuro 27 Japan JPN
7 Geraldo de Oliveira 32 Brazil BRA
8 Roger Norman 23 Sweden SWE
9 Reino Hiltunen 27 Finland FIN
10 Zygfryd Weinberg 22 Poland POL
11 Jim Gerhardt 23 United States USA
12 Rui Ramos 22 Portugal POR
13 Preben Larsen 29 Denmark DEN
14 Tadashi Yamamoto 28 Japan JPN
15 Arne Åhman 27 Sweden SWE
16 QR Jacques Boulanger 25 France FRA
17 QR José da Conceição 21 Brazil BRA
18 QR Choi Yeong-Gi 26 South Korea KOR
19 QR Malik M'Baye 30 France FRA
20 QR Keizo Hasegawa 29 Japan JPN
21 QR George Shaw 20 United States USA
22 QR Pentti Uusihauta 30 Finland FIN
23 QR Valle Rautio 30 Finland FIN
24 QR Rade Radovanović 23 Yugoslavia YUG
25 QR William Laing 23 Ghana GHA
26 QR Eugénio Lopes 23 Portugal POR
27 QR Vasilios Sakellarakis 19 Greece GRE
28 QR Stanisław Kowal 24 Poland POL
29 QR Willi Burgard 25 Saar SAA
30 QR Nikola Dagorov 27 Bulgaria BUL
31 QR Felix Würth 28 Austria AUT
32 QR Akın Altıok Turkey TUR
33 QR Walter Herssens 22 Belgium BEL
34 QR Fawzi Chaaban 21 Egypt EGY
35 QR Francisco Castro 29 Puerto Rico PUR