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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 27, 1956
Date Finished: November 27, 1956

Gold: BRA Adhemar da Silva
Silver: ISL Vilhjálmur Einarsson
Bronze: URS Vitold Kreyer

Summary

Adhemar da Silva was defending champion and the world record holder with 16.56 (54-4), set in winning the 1955 Pan-American Games (at altitude in Ciudad de México). Silver medalist from 1952, Leonid Shcherbakov, the 1950-54 European Champion, was still considered dangerous. The round one leader was a shocker – Bill Sharpe of the United States who broke the American record with 15.88 (52-1¼), which would eventually place him fourth. Another surprise came in round two when Iceland’s Vilhjálmur Einarsson leapt 16.26 (53-4¼). da Silva came thru in round four with 16.35 (53-7¾), which held up for the gold medal, Einarsson winning silver. Unheralded Soviet Vitold Kreyer won the bronze medal with 16.02 (52-6¾), set in round three.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Adhemar da Silva 29 Brazil BRA Gold OR
2 Vilhjálmur Einarsson 22 Iceland ISL Silver
3 Vitold Kreyer 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Bill Sharpe 24 United States USA
5 Martin Řehák 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Leonid Shcherbakov 29 Soviet Union URS
7 Koji Sakurai 20 Japan JPN
8 Teruji Kogake 23 Japan JPN
9 Ken Wilmshurst 25 Great Britain GBR
10 Ryszard Malcherczyk 22 Poland POL
11 Ira Davis 20 United States USA
12 George Shaw 25 United States USA
13 Hiroshi Shibata 21 Japan JPN
14 Kari Rahkamo 23 Finland FIN
15 Mohinder Singh 22 India IND
16 Éric Battista 23 France FRA
17 Paul Engo 25 Nigeria NGR
18 Tapio Lehto 25 Finland FIN
19 Hannu Rantala 20 Finland FIN
20 Lawrence Ogwang 23 Uganda UGA
21 Choi Yeong-Gi 30 South Korea KOR
AC r2/2 Peter Esiri 28 Nigeria NGR
23 QR Brian Oliver 26 Australia AUS
24 QR Gabuh bin Piging 24 North Borneo NBO
25 QR Ronald Gray 24 Australia AUS
26 QR Wu Chun-Tsai Chinese Taipei TPE
27 QR Maurice Rich 24 Australia AUS
28 QR Sium bin Diau 21 North Borneo NBO
29 QR Walter Herssens 26 Belgium BEL
30 QR Muhammad Ramzan Ali 23 Pakistan PAK
31 QR Muhammad Rashid Pakistan PAK
AC QR Tan Eng Yoon 28 Singapore SIN