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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 18, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964

Gold: GBR Lynn Davies
Silver: USA Ralph Boston
Bronze: URS Igor Ter-Ovanesyan

Summary

The defending champion, Ralph Boston, returned as a solid favorite. The 1960 bronze medalist, Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, had won the 1958 and 1962 European Championships and was a big threat to Boston. He had broken Boston’s world record in 1962, but Boston regained it, twice, in 1964. Not highly considered was Welshman Lynn Davies, who had no medals at the European Championships or Commonwealth Games, and had won only the AAA Meet in 1964. Ter-O led in round one with 7.78 (25-6¼) but Boston took over with 7.85 (25-9¼) in round two. In the fourth round, Davies jumped 7.78 (25-6¼) to tie Ter-Ovanesyan but still stood third based on the next effort, and Ter-O surpassed him with 7.80 (25-7¼) in the round, and Boston also increased his lead with 7.88 (25-10¼) in round four. But Davies popped the gold medal winner, 8.07 (26-5¾), in round five to spring the big upset. Boston improved to 8.03 (26-4¼) in the final round but had to settle for the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lynn Davies 22 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Ralph Boston 25 United States USA Silver
3 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Wariboko West 22 Nigeria NGR
5 Jean Cochard 25 France FRA
6 Luis Felipe Areta 22 Spain ESP
7 Michael Ahey 24 Ghana GHA
8 Andrzej Stalmach 22 Poland POL
9 Hiroomi Yamada 22 Japan JPN
10 Wolfgang Klein 23 Germany GER
11 John Morbey 25 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Gayle Hopkins 22 United States USA
13 QR Pentti Eskola 26 Finland FIN
14 QR Antanas Vaupšas 28 Soviet Union URS
15 QR Leonid Barkovskiy 23 Soviet Union URS
16 QR Sonny Ba Akpata 27 Nigeria NGR
17 QR Raycho Tsonev 28 Bulgaria BUL
18 QR Hans-Helmut Trense 24 Germany GER
19 QR Wellesley Clayton 26 Jamaica JAM
20 QR Koru Kawazu 23 Japan JPN
21 QR Klaus Beer 21 Germany GER
22T QR Fred Alsop 25 Great Britain GBR
22T QR Phil Shinnick 21 United States USA
24 QR Alain Lefèvre 22 France FRA
25 QR Dimitrios Manglaras 24 Greece GRE
26 QR Satoshi Takayanagi 26 Japan JPN
27 QR Ian Tomlinson 28 Australia AUS
28 QR Henrik Kalocsai 23 Hungary HUN
29 QR B. V. Satyanarayan 29 India IND
30 QR Samuel Cruz 20 Puerto Rico PUR
31 QR Chu Ming 32 Hong Kong HKG
AC QR Iftikhar Shah 24 Pakistan PAK