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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 24, 1956
Date Finished: November 24, 1956

Gold: USA Greg Bell
Silver: USA John Bennett
Bronze: FIN Jorma Valkama

Summary

The conditions were difficult with strong, gusty winds, and a short, loose runway. American Greg Bell called them "the worst conditions I ever jumped under". But Bell did better than everybody else, winning the gold medal with 7.83 (25-8¼), his third round jump. First round leader was John Bennett (USA) with 7.68 (25-2½). He could do no better but won the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Greg Bell 26 United States USA Gold OR
2 John Bennett 26 United States USA Silver
3 Jorma Valkama 28 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Dmytro Bondarenko 20 Soviet Union URS
5 Karim Olowu 32 Nigeria NGR
6 Kazimierz Kropidłowski 25 Poland POL
7 Neville Price 27 South Africa RSA
8 Oleg Fedoseyev 20 Soviet Union URS
9 Roy Cruttenden 31 Great Britain GBR
10 Henryk Grabowski 27 Poland POL
11 Ken Wilmshurst 25 Great Britain GBR
12 Fermín Donazar 23 Uruguay URU
AC r2/2 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan 18 Soviet Union URS
14 QR Yoshiro Sonoda 24 Japan JPN
15 QR Masaji Tajima 27 Japan JPN
16 QR Ling Te-Sheng Chinese Taipei TPE
17 QR Muhammad Ramzan Ali 23 Pakistan PAK
18 QR Seo Yeong-Ju 22 South Korea KOR
19 QR Michael Moroney 22 Australia AUS
20 QR Ary de Sá 28 Brazil BRA
21 QR Ödön Földessy 27 Hungary HUN
22 QR Ram Mehar India IND
23 QR Ian Bruce 21 Australia AUS
24 QR Hugh Jack 26 Australia AUS
25 QR David Kushnir 25 Israel ISR
26 QR Fred Hammer 26 Luxembourg LUX
27 QR Lawrence Ogwang 23 Uganda UGA
28 QR Wilhelm Porrassalmi 25 Finland FIN
29 QR Rafiu Oluwa 25 Nigeria NGR
30 QR Muhammad Rashid Pakistan PAK
31 QR Edward Martins Liberia LBR
AC QR Torgny Wåhlander 21 Sweden SWE