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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 29, 1996

Gold: USA Carl Lewis
Silver: JAM James Beckford
Bronze: USA Joe Greene

Summary

The same three Americans competed as they had in Barcelona – Carl Lewis, Mike Powell, and Joe Greene. Mike Powell had been the best jumper in the world in 1993-94, but was surpassed in 1995 by Cuban Iván Pedroso. Pedroso was World Champion in 1995, succeeding Powell, who had won in 1991 and 1993. But Pedroso was not at his best in Atlanta, recovering from a hamstring injury. He made the final but could finish only 12th. Powell was also fighting hamstring problems in Atlanta and was less than his best. Lewis was now past his prime and barely qualified, standing 15th after two qualifying jumps, and only making the final with his last jump of 8.29 (27-2½). France’s Emmanuel Bangué led in round one with 8.19 (26-10½), with Powell moving into second with 8.17 (26-9¾) in round two. In round three, Lewis produced his big one – 8.50 (27-10¾). He did not get close to this again, passing the fourth and sixth rounds. In the sixth round, the drama surrounded Powell, considered the only man capable of surpassing that mark, but he fouled, and Lewis had his fourth consecutive gold medal in the event, equaling the mark of Al Oerter in the discus throw.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Carl Lewis 35 United States USA Gold
2 James Beckford 21 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 Joe Greene 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Emmanuel Bangué 24 France FRA
5 Mike Powell 32 United States USA
6 Gregor Cankar 21 Slovenia SLO
7 Aleksandr Glavatsky 26 Belarus BLR
8 Mattias Sunneborn 25 Sweden SWE
9 Huang Geng 26 China CHN
10 Yury Naumkin 27 Russia RUS
11 Andrey Ignatov 28 Russia RUS
12 Iván Pedroso 23 Cuba CUB
13 Erik Nys 22 Belgium BEL
14 QR Spyros Vasdekis 26 Greece GRE
15 QR Bogdan Ţărus 20 Romania ROU
16 QR Andrew Owusu 24 Ghana GHA
17 QR Nai Hui-Fang 27 Chinese Taipei TPE
18 QR Cheikh Touré 26 Senegal SEN
19 QR Bogdan Tudor 26 Romania ROU
20 QR Milan Gombala 28 Czech Republic CZE
21 QR Georg Ackermann 24 Germany GER
22T QR Kostas Koukodimos 26 Greece GRE
22T QR János Uzsoki 23 Hungary HUN
24 QR Carlos Calado 20 Portugal POR
25 QR Simone Bianchi 23 Italy ITA
26 QR Vitaliy Kyrylenko 28 Ukraine UKR
27 QR Nélson Ferreira Júnior 23 Brazil BRA
28 QR Robert Emmiyan 31 Armenia ARM
29 QR Chen Jing 20 China CHN
30 QR Chao Chih-Kuo 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
31 QR Jaime Jefferson 34 Cuba CUB
32 QR Jesús Oliván 28 Spain ESP
33 QR Douglas de Souza 23 Brazil BRA
34 QR Richard Duncan 22 Canada CAN
35 QR Aleksey Petrukhanov 24 Russia RUS
36 QR Nobuharu Asahara 24 Japan JPN
37 QR Remmy Limo 25 Kenya KEN
38 QR François Fouché 33 South Africa RSA
39 QR Kenny Lewis 22 Grenada GRN
40 QR Keita Cline 21 British Virgin Islands IVB
41 QR Andreja Marinković 31 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
42 QR Márcio da Cruz 22 Brazil BRA
43 QR Victor Shabangu 26 Swaziland SWZ
AC QR Ellsworth Manuel 28 Netherlands Antilles AHO
AC QR Ivaylo Mladenov 22 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Franck Zio 24 Burkina Faso BUR
AC QR Siniša Ergotić 27 Croatia CRO
AC QR Ousman Sallah 28 Gambia GAM
AC QR Hans-Peter Lott 27 Germany GER
AC QR Seong Hui-Jun 22 South Korea KOR
AC QR Benny Fernando 27 Sri Lanka SRI
AC QR Vladimir Malyavin 23 Turkmenistan TKM