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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 3, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972

Gold: URS Viktor Saneyev
Silver: GDR Jörg Drehmel
Bronze: BRA Nélson Prudêncio

Summary

In 1971, Jörg Drehmel had surprised Viktor Saneyev by defeating him at the European Championships. They were the favorites in München. Cuba’s Pedro Pérez was the world record holder, having jumped 17.40 (57-1) to win the 1971 Pan-American Games, but that was the day of his life. He never again reproduced that form, and would finish only 24th in the qualifying in München, not making the final. In the final, Saneyev opened with a windy 17.35 (56-11¼) and that would hold up for the gold medal. Drehmel moved into second in round two with 17.02 (55-10¼) and would improve to 17.31 (56-9½) in the fifth round. The 1968 silver medalist, Nelson Prudêncio, was in second after round one, and in third the rest of the way, but also improved in the final round with 17.05 (55-11¼) to win his second consecutive Olympic medal. A month after the Olympics, Saneyev broke Pérez’s world record, jumping 17.44 (57-2¾).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viktor Saneyev 26 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Jörg Drehmel 27 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Nélson Prudêncio 28 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Carol Corbu 26 Romania ROU
5 John Craft 25 United States USA
6 Mansour Dia 31 Senegal SEN
7 Michał Joachimowski 21 Poland POL
8 Kristen Fløgstad 25 Norway NOR
9 Mikhail Bariban 23 Soviet Union URS
10 Bernard Lamitié 26 France FRA
11 Samuel Igun 34 Nigeria NGR
12 Toshiaki Inoue 21 Japan JPN
13 QR Gábor Katona 19 Hungary HUN
14 QR Kosei Gushiken 30 Japan JPN
15 QR Gennady Bessonov 27 Soviet Union URS
16 QR Giuseppe Gentile 28 Italy ITA
17 QR Esa Rinne 29 Finland FIN
18 QR Václav Fišer 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
19 QR Heinz-Günter Schenk 30 East Germany GDR
20 QR Mick McGrath 24 Australia AUS
21 QR Johnson Amoah 32 Ghana GHA
22 QR Abraham Munabi 31 Uganda UGA
23 QR Moise Pomaney 27 Ghana GHA
24 QR Pedro Pérez 20 Cuba CUB
25 QR Milan Spasojević 22 Yugoslavia YUG
26 QR Yukito Muraki 27 Japan JPN
27 QR Tim Barrett 24 Bahamas BAH
28 QR Wilfredo Maisonave 20 Puerto Rico PUR
29 QR Art Walker 30 United States USA
30 QR Patrick Onyango Kenya KEN
31 QR Chen Ming-Chi 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
32 QR Dave Smith 24 United States USA
33 QR Ghazi Saleh Marzouk 21 Saudi Arabia KSA
34 QR Martin Matupi 29 Malawi MAW
AC QR Mohinder Singh Gill 25 India IND
AC QR Henry Jackson 24 Jamaica JAM