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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 4, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 1936

Gold: USA Jesse Owens
Silver: GER Luz Long
Bronze: JPN Naoto Tajima


In the qualifying, the heavy favorite, [Jesse Owens], fouled on his first two jumps. What happened next is now somewhat controversial. But the story has long been told that Germany’s [Luz Long], considered Owens’ biggest challenger went over to him and gave him some advice, helping to qualify easily. Some people now say that never occurred. The final was held later that day, and Owens led early, thanks to 7.74 (25-4¾) in round one and 7.87 (25-10) in round two. He then bettered that with 7.94 (26-0¾) in the fifth round and finished with 8.06 (26-5½). All the marks were considered wind-aided. Long challenged in round five with 7.87 (25-10), after jumping 7.84 (25-8¾) in round three. But at the end of the competition, he was the first person to congratulate Owens, with [Adolf Hitler] watching from the stands.

Whether the story of Long’s aiding Owens in front of Hitler is true or not, it is known that after the long jump, Owens and Long became close friends. Long showed Owens all around Berlin during the rest of the Olympics. After the Olympics they corresponded frequently, at least until Long was killed fighting with Rommel’s Northern African Corps. His last letter to Owens asked him to someday visit his young son in Berlin and tell him about the friendship between the blond Aryan hero, and the black son of an Alabama sharecropper. Which is how, in the early 60s, Jesse Owens came to stand besides Karl Long, as best man at his wedding.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jesse Owens 22 United States USA Gold OR
2 Luz Long 23 Germany GER Silver
3 Naoto Tajima 23 Japan JPN Bronze
4T Wilhelm Leichum 25 Germany GER
4T Arturo Maffei 26 Italy ITA
6 Bob Clark 23 United States USA
7 John Brooks 26 United States USA
8 Robert Paul 26 France FRA
9 Artur Bäumle 29 Germany GER
10T Otto Berg 29 Norway NOR
10T Åke Stenqvist 22 Sweden SWE
12 Gianni Caldana 22 Italy ITA
13 Josef Vosolsobě 31 Czechoslovakia TCH
14 Sam Richardson 18 Canada CAN
15 Márcio de Oliveira 23 Brazil BRA
16 Kenshi Togami 24 Japan JPN
NP QR Mohammad Khan 25 Afghanistan AFG
NP QR Émile Binet 28 Belgium BEL
NP QR Chia Gwechang 21 China CHN
NP QR Hoh Chunde 27 China CHN
NP QR Situ Guong 24 China CHN
NP QR Willy Rasmussen 25 Denmark DEN
NP QR Ruudi Toomsalu 23 Estonia EST
NP QR Martti Tolamo 29 Finland FIN
NP QR Onni Rajasaari 26 Finland FIN
NP QR Claude Heim 23 France FRA
NP QR André Prébolin 30 France FRA
NP QR Edward Boyce 23 Great Britain GBR
NP QR George Traynor 30 Great Britain GBR
NP QR Grigorios Lambrakis 23 Greece GRE
NP QR Henrik Koltai 23 Hungary HUN
NP QR Masao Harada 23 Japan JPN
NP QR François Mersch 23 Luxembourg LUX
NP QR Pascual Gutiérrez 21 Mexico MEX
NP QR Marten Klasema 24 Netherlands NED
NP QR Carlos de la Guerra 24 Peru PER
NP QR Max Berendson 19 Peru PER
NP QR Niño Ramírez 24 Philippines PHI
NP QR Bondoc Ionescu-Crum 21 Romania ROU
NP QR Jean Studer 21 Switzerland SUI
NP QR Jiří Hoffmann 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
NP QR Rudolf Polame 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
NP QR Ivo Buratović 27 Yugoslavia YUG