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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012

Gold: GBR Greg Rutherford
Silver: AUS Mitch Watt
Bronze: USA Will Claye

Summary

Panama's Irving Saladino had won this event in Beijing, after winning the 2007 World Championships, and he was back. But he had no significant major titles since 2008, and was not considered a medal favorite. He would fail to make a fair mark in qualifying. The two favorites were Australia's Mitch Watt and Britain's Greg Rutherford, with Watt given a slight edge.

The lead in round one went to Britain's Chris Tomlinson, who jumped 8.06 but that was his best mark and he would eventually finish sixth. On the second round, Rutherford took the lead with 8.21, a mark that would have been good enough for the gold medal, but he would better that with 8.31 in round four and win gold. Watt was only fourth after three jumps, having only one fair jump with 7.97 in round two, but he improved to 8.13 in round five and 8.16 in the final round to get silver. The bronze went to surprising American Will Claye. Claye was actually on the US team in the long and triple jump in London and was considered better in the triple. He would win silver in the triple jump five days later, the first such medal double since 1936, when Japan's Naoto Tajima medalled in both events.

Rutherford's victory came on the second night of athletics at the Olympic Stadium and it was a magic one for British fans. His best jump came at about the time that Jessica Ennis started her 800 metres to finish what would be her heptathlon gold medal. Later that evening, Mo Farah would win the 10,000 metres to give Great Britain three gold medals on a surreal Saturday night.

The long jumping performances were less than seen in recent years. Some of this was attributed to difficult, shifting winds, but also to the fact that there was no single dominant long jumper in 2012. Only Rutherford surpassed 27 feet, and only 14 of 60 attempts were past the 8-metre barrier, or just 26-3 in Imperial measure.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Greg Rutherford 25 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Mitch Watt 24 Australia AUS Silver
3 Will Claye 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Michel Tornéus 26 Sweden SWE
5 Sebastian Bayer 26 Germany GER
6 Chris Tomlinson 30 Great Britain GBR
7 Duda 25 Brazil BRA
8 Godfrey Khotso Mokoena 27 South Africa RSA
9 Henry Frayne 22 Australia AUS
10 Marquise Goodwin 21 United States USA
11 Aleksandr Menkov 21 Russia RUS
12 Tyrone Smith 27 Bermuda BER
13 r1/2 Christian Reif 27 Germany GER
14 r1/2 Eusebio Cáceres 20 Spain ESP
15 r1/2 Aleksandr Petrov 25 Russia RUS
16 r1/2 Sergey Morgunov 19 Russia RUS
17 r1/2 Mohammad Arzandeh 24 Iran IRI
18 r1/2 Ignisious Gaisah 29 Ghana GHA
19 r1/2 Damar Forbes 21 Jamaica JAM
20 r1/2 Li Jinzhe 22 China CHN
21 r1/2 Raymond Higgs 21 Bahamas BAH
22 r1/2 Alyn Camara 23 Germany GER
23 r1/2 Salim Sdiri 33 France FRA
24 r1/2 Ndiss Kaba Badji 28 Senegal SEN
25 r1/2 Arsen Sargsyan 27 Armenia ARM
26 r1/2 Povilas Mykolaitis 29 Lithuania LTU
27 r1/2 Stanley Gbagbeke 23 Nigeria NGR
28 r1/2 Marcos Chuva 22 Portugal POR
29 r1/2 Louis Tsatoumas 30 Greece GRE
30 r1/2 Stepan Wagner 30 Czech Republic CZE
31 r1/2 Viktor Kuznietsov 26 Ukraine UKR
32 r1/2 Luis Rivera 25 Mexico MEX
33T r1/2 Lin Ching-Hsuan 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
33T r1/2 Supanara Sukhasvasti Na Ayudhya 20 Thailand THA
35 r1/2 Boleslav Skhirt'ladze 25 Georgia GEO
36 r1/2 Zhang Xiaoyi 23 China CHN
37 r1/2 Mohamed Fathalla 24 Egypt EGY
38 r1/2 Roman Novotný 26 Czech Republic CZE
39 r1/2 George Kitchens 29 United States USA
40 r1/2 Vardan Pahlevanyan 24 Armenia ARM
AC Luis Felipe Méliz 32 Spain ESP NM
AC Irving Saladino 29 Panama PAN NM