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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008

Gold: PAN Irving Saladino
Silver: RSA Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
Bronze: CUB Ibrahim Camejo

Summary

The qualifying round saw the long jumpers struggle with the runway and their steps, and many jumpers had difficulty getting fair marks, with 45 fouls of the 107 attempts. Shockingly, no American long jumper qualified for the final. Previously, save for the 1980 boycott, no Olympic long jump had been contested without an American on the medal stand, much less in the final. The favorite in the event was Panama’s Irving Saladino and although he struggled in the qualifying, barely getting through, he did not disappoint in the final. The first round lead was taken by Zimbabwe’s Ngoni Makusha with 8.19 (26-10½), but Saladino took the lead in round three with 8.21 (26-11¼). South Africa’s Geoffrey Mokoena jumped 8.24 (27-0½) early in round three to take the lead, but Saladino then popped the winning jump of 8.34 (27-4½) later in that round. In the final round, Cuba’s Ibrahim Camejo went 8.20 (26-11) to secure the bronze medal. Saladino’s winning mark of 8.34 was the shortest gold medal winner since the 1972 Olympics (Randy Williams with 8.24 [27-0½]).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Irving Saladino 25 Panama PAN Gold
2 Godfrey Khotso Mokoena 23 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Ibrahim Camejo 26 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Ngoni Makusha 21 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 Wilfredo Martínez 23 Cuba CUB
6 Ndiss Kaba Badji 24 Senegal SEN
7 Luis Felipe Méliz 28 Spain ESP
8 Roman Novotný 22 Czech Republic CZE
9 Gable Garenamotse 31 Botswana BOT
10 Greg Rutherford 21 Great Britain GBR
11 Hussain Taher Al-Sabee 28 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC Louis Tsatoumas 26 Greece GRE
13 QR Stephan Louw 33 Namibia NAM
14 QR Mohammed Al-Khuwaildi 27 Saudi Arabia KSA
15 QR Tyrone Smith 23 Bermuda BER
16 QR Fabrice Lapierre 24 Australia AUS
17T QR Yahya Berrabah 26 Morocco MAR
17T QR Tommi Evilä 28 Finland FIN
19 QR Trevell Quinley 25 United States USA
21 QR Salim Sdiri 29 France FRA
20 QR Andrew Howe 23 Italy ITA
22 QR Brian Johnson 28 United States USA
23 QR Sebastian Bayer 22 Germany GER
24T QR Hugo Chila 21 Ecuador ECU
24T QR Andriy Makarchev 22 Ukraine UKR
26 QR Duda 21 Brazil BRA
28 QR Li Runrun 25 China CHN
27 QR Chris Tomlinson 26 Great Britain GBR
29 QR Tarik Bougtaïb 27 Morocco MAR
30 QR Herbert McGregor 26 Jamaica JAM
31 QR Morten Jensen 25 Denmark DEN
33 QR Marcin Starzak 22 Poland POL
32 QR Luis Tristán 24 Peru PER
34 QR Henry Dagmil 26 Philippines PHI
35 QR Nikolay Atanasov 33 Bulgaria BUL
36 QR Julien Fivaz 29 Switzerland SUI
37 QR Vladimir Malyavin 35 Russia RUS
38 QR Miguel Pate 29 United States USA