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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 29, 1976
Date Finished: July 30, 1976

Gold: URS Viktor Saneyev
Silver: USA James Butts
Bronze: BRA João Carlos de Oliveira

Summary

Prior to 1976, counting only individual events and not including the 1906 Olympics, only John Flanagan (hammer throw) and Al Oerter (discus throw) had ever won the same Olympic athletics event at three consecutive Olympics. Oerter, of course, did it four times. Viktor Saneyev was back in Montréal and was favored to duplicate the Flanagan feat. He was expected to be challenged by Brazil’s João Carlos de Oliveira who was the world record holder with 17.89 (58-8½), although that had been set at the altitude of Ciudad de México in winning the 1975 Pan-American Games. The first two rounds were led by Cuban Pedro Pérez, a former world record holder and Pan-Am champion, with 16.81 (55-2). Saneyev moved ahead in round three with 17.06 (55-11¾). But American James Butts responded with 17.18 (56-4½) in round four to take the lead. Saneyev bettered that in round five with 17.29 (56-8¾) which won him his third consecutive gold medal. De Oliveira had a lackluster meet, placing third with 16.90 (55-5½).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viktor Saneyev 30 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 James Butts 26 United States USA Silver
3 João Carlos de Oliveira 22 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Pedro Pérez 24 Cuba CUB
5 Tommy Haynes 24 United States USA
6 Wolfgang Kolmsee 21 West Germany FRG
7 Eugeniusz Biskupski 28 Poland POL
8 Carol Corbu 30 Romania ROU
9 Jiří Vyčichlo 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
10 Pentti Kuukasjärvi 29 Finland FIN
11 Bernard Lamitié 30 France FRA
12 Rayfield Dupree 23 United States USA
13 QR Michał Joachimowski 25 Poland POL
14 QR Nélson Prudêncio 32 Brazil BRA
15 QR Valentyn Shevchenko 28 Soviet Union URS
16 QR Toshiaki Inoue 25 Japan JPN
17 QR Janoš Hegediš 21 Yugoslavia YUG
18 QR Ramón Cid 21 Spain ESP
19 QR Armando Herrera 21 Cuba CUB
20 QR Andrzej Sontag 25 Poland POL
21 QR Maxwell Peters 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
22 QR Apostolos Kathiniotis 24 Greece GRE
23 QR Mohamed Al-Bouhairi 24 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC QR Phil Robins 21 Bahamas BAH
AC QR Aston Moore 20 Great Britain GBR