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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 5, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984

Gold: USA Carl Lewis
Silver: AUS Gary Honey
Bronze: ITA Giovanni Evangelisti

Summary

Carl Lewis was trying to win four gold medals in Los Angeles, the 100, 200, long jump, and 4×100 relay, to duplicate the 1936 feat of Jesse Owens. He had won the 100, long jump, and relay at the 1983 World Championships and was considered the greatest track & field athlete in the world in 1984. His biggest challenger was American Larry Myricks, who would likely have been favored in 1980, but lost his chance at Olympic gold because of the boycott. In the final, Lewis opened with 8.54 (28-0¼), and took only one more jump, which he fouled. He then kept passing, confident that his mark would hold up, which it did easily. But the fans in the Los Angeles Coliseum did not like this, booing Lewis and never warming to him at all during the Olympics. Non-knowledgable fans did not realize that Lewis was saving his legs for the remainder of his competitions. The silver medal went to Australia's Gary Honey, the 1982 Commonwealth Games champion. He tied at 8.24 (27-0½) with Italy's [Giovanni Evangalisti] but won silver because of his best second mark of 8.18 (26-10).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carl Lewis 23 United States USA Gold
2 Gary Honey 25 Australia AUS Silver
3 Giovanni Evangelisti 22 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Larry Myricks 28 United States USA
5 Liu Yuhuang 25 China CHN
6 Joey Wells 18 Bahamas BAH
7 Junichi Usui 26 Japan JPN
8 Kim Jong-Il 21 South Korea KOR
9 Yusuf Alli 24 Nigeria NGR
10 Antonio Corgos 24 Spain ESP
11 Mike McRae 29 United States USA
12 Joshua Kio 26 Nigeria NGR
13 QR René Gloor 27 Switzerland SUI
14 QR Nenad Stekić 33 Yugoslavia YUG
15 QR Lester Benjamin 20 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
16 QR Moses Kiayi Kenya KEN
17 QR Kémobé Djirmassal 30 Chad CHA
18 QR Wang Shijie 20 China CHN
19 QR Lyndon Sands 20 Bahamas BAH
20 QR Lee Fu-An 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
21 QR Steve Hanna 26 Bahamas BAH
22 QR Kristján Harðarson 20 Iceland ISL
23 QR Shahad Mubarak United Arab Emirates UAE
24 QR Fidel Solórzano 22 Ecuador ECU
25 QR Abdoulaye Traoré 25 Mali MLI
26 QR Bilanday Bodjona 22 Togo TOG
27 QR Ghabi Issa Khouri 23 Lebanon LIB
28 QR Oscar Diesel 22 Paraguay PAR
29 QR Ernest Tché-Noubossie 27 Cameroon CMR
30 QR Dimitrios Araouzos 23 Cyprus CYP
AC QR Steve Walsh 23 New Zealand NZL