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Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996

Gold: USA Kenny Harrison
Silver: GBR Jonathan Edwards
Bronze: CUB Yoelbi Quesada

Summary

In July 1995, Jonathan Edwards broke the world record with 17.98 (59-0). A few weeks later, at the World Championships, he opened with another world record of 18.16 (59-7). Then in round two he surpassed that with a Beamon-like performance, jumping 18.29 (60-0¼) – the first-ever triple jump over 60-feet. Favored in Atlanta, he was expected to be challenged by defending champion Mike Conley, Kenny Harrison (USA) and Cubans Yoelbi Quesada and Aliecer Urrutia. Harrison led the qualifying with 17.58 (57-8¼) while Urrutia failed to make the final. In the final, Harrison opened with 17.99 (59-0¼) which would be good enough for the gold medal. Edwards fouled his first two jumps, and only made the top eight with his third round 17.13 (56-2½). Round four saw the medalists produce their best marks of the competition – Harrison with 18.09 (59-4¼), Edwards moving into second with 17.88 (58-8), and Quesada with 17.44 (57-2¾). Conley also had his best mark in that round, but his 17.40 (57-1) would not get him into the medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kenny Harrison 31 United States USA Gold OR
2 Jonathan Edwards 30 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Yoelbi Quesada 22 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Mike Conley 33 United States USA
5 Armen Martirosyan 26 Armenia ARM
6 Brian Wellman 28 Bermuda BER
7 Galin Georgiev 26 Bulgaria BUL
8 Robert Howard 20 United States USA
9 Viktor Sotnikov 21 Russia RUS
10 Volodymyr Kravchenko 26 Ukraine UKR
11 Frank Rutherford 31 Bahamas BAH
AC r2/2 Jérôme Romain 25 Dominica DMA
13 QR Francis Agyepong 31 Great Britain GBR
14 QR Charles Friedek 24 Germany GER
15 QR Aliecer Urrutia 21 Cuba CUB
16 QR Vasily Sokov 28 Russia RUS
17 QR Rogel Nachum 29 Israel ISR
18 QR Anísio Silva 27 Brazil BRA
19 QR Carlos Calado 20 Portugal POR
20 QR Yoel García 22 Cuba CUB
21 QR Zou Sixin 29 China CHN
22 QR Messias José Baptista 28 Brazil BRA
23 QR Audrius Raizgys 27 Lithuania LTU
24 QR Zsolt Czingler 25 Hungary HUN
25 QR Salem Al-Ahmadi 26 Saudi Arabia KSA
26 QR Francis DoDoo 36 Ghana GHA
27 QR Vasif Əsadov 30 Azerbaijan AZE
28 QR Jacob Katonon 26 Kenya KEN
29 QR Stoyko Tsonov 27 Bulgaria BUL
30 QR Sigurd Njerve 24 Norway NOR
31 QR Aleksey Fatyanov 27 Azerbaijan AZE
32 QR Igor Sautkin 24 Russia RUS
33 QR Tibor Ordina 25 Hungary HUN
34 QR Andrew Murphy 26 Australia AUS
35 QR Festus Igbinoghene 26 Nigeria NGR
36 QR Sergey Arzamasov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
37 QR Maksim Smetanin 22 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
38 QR Yevgeny Petin 21 Uzbekistan UZB
39 QR Paul Nioze 29 Seychelles SEY
40 QR Kawan Lovelace 20 Belize BIZ
41 QR Hussain Jasim 29 Iraq IRQ
42 QR Ndabezinhle Mdhlongwa 23 Zimbabwe ZIM
43 QR Karim Sassi 27 Tunisia TUN