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Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 2, 1960
Date Finished: September 2, 1960

Gold: USA Ralph Boston
Silver: USA Bo Roberson
Bronze: URS Igor Ter-Ovanesyan

Summary

Ralph Boston was favored. In August he jumped 8.21 (26-11¼) to break the legendary world record of Jesse Owens, set in 1935. He was expected to be challenged by Soviet Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, 1958 European Champion. Ter-O led in round one with 7.90 (25-11), as Boston went 7.83 (25-8¼). Irvin "Bo" Roberson jumped 8.03 in round two to take the lead but Boston surpassed that in round three with 8.12 (26-7¾). Both Roberson and Ter-Ovanesyan produced their best jumps in the final round, and Roberson scared Boston by jumping 8.11 (26-7¼), losing the gold medal by only a centimeter, as his next best mark was better than Boston's (8.03-7.96). Ter-O jumped 8.04 (26-4½) in the final round to solidify his bronze medal, and he needed it as jumping right after him, Manfred Steinbach (GER) produced an 8.00 (26-3) effort.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ralph Boston 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Bo Roberson 25 United States USA Silver
3 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Manfred Steinbach 27 Germany GER
5 Jorma Valkama 31 Finland FIN
6 Christian Collardot 27 France FRA
7 Henk Visser 28 Netherlands NED
8 Dmytro Bondarenko 24 Soviet Union URS
9 Manfred Molzberger 24 Germany GER
10 Attilio Bravi 23 Italy ITA
11 Dimitrios Manglaras 20 Greece GRE
12 Paul Foreman 21 West Indies Federation WIF
13 Fred Alsop 21 Great Britain GBR
7 QR Takayuki Okazaki 20 Japan JPN
15 QR John Oladipo Oladitan 29 Nigeria NGR
16 QR Kazimierz Kropidłowski 29 Poland POL
17 QR Yukishige Yasuma 22 Japan JPN
18 QR Juhani Manninen 19 Finland FIN
19 QR Fritz Köppen 25 Germany GER
20 QR Anthony Watson 19 United States USA
21 QR Gustav Schlosser 21 Switzerland SUI
22 QR Jan Netopilík 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
23 QR Fermín Donazar 27 Uruguay URU
24 QR Roberto Procel 21 Mexico MEX
25 QR David Kushnir 29 Israel ISR
26 QR Ali Brakchi 26 France FRA
27 QR John Howell 24 Great Britain GBR
28 QR Pedro de Almeida 20 Portugal POR
29 QR Roar Berthelsen 25 Norway NOR
30 QR B. V. Satyanarayan 25 India IND
31 QR Luis Felipe Areta 18 Spain ESP
32 QR Dave Norris 20 New Zealand NZL
33 QR Ian Tomlinson 24 Australia AUS
34 QR Seo Yeong-Ju 26 South Korea KOR
35 QR Yalçın Ünsal Turkey TUR
36 QR John Baguley 20 Australia AUS
37 QR Mahmoud Atter Abdel Fattah United Arab Republic UAR
38 QR Romain Poté 24 Belgium BEL
39 QR Jun Ebina 21 Japan JPN
40 QR Revaz Kvach'ak'idze 22 Soviet Union URS
41 QR Prajim Wongsuwan 22 Thailand THA
42 QR Vilhjálmur Einarsson 26 Iceland ISL
43 QR Kaimar-ud-Din bin Maidin 18 Malaya MAL
44 QR Virsa Singh 27 India IND
45 QR Bevyn Baker 23 Australia AUS
46 QR A. Abdul Razzak Iraq IRQ
AC QR Luigi Ulivelli 24 Italy ITA
AC QR Muhammad Ramzan Ali 27 Pakistan PAK
AC QR Clive Bonas 27 Venezuela VEN