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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 6, 1936

Gold: JPN Naoto Tajima
Silver: JPN Masao Harada
Bronze: AUS Jack Metcalfe


Since the mid-1920s the Japanese had been the acknowledged masters of this event, winning the last two gold medals. This would continue in 1936 with Japan taking gold and silver and placing all three jumpers in the top six. At the 1934 Far East Championships, [Kenkichi Oshima] had won the triple jump, with [Masao Harada] second. In the long jump Harada had also finished second, to [Naoto Tajima]. Those three constituted the Japanese triple jump contingent in Berlin. They would be challenged by Australian [Jack Metcalfe], who had broken the world record in 1935. Metcalfe opened with 15.50 (50-10¼), but Tajima took the first round lead with 15.76 (51-8½), and that would be good enough for the gold medal. However, in round four, he broke the sand at 16.00 (52-6) for a world record, 22 centimetres beyong Winter’s mark. Harada moved into second with 15.66 (51-4½) in the final round. World War II would effectively end Japanese dominance in this event. In 1952 they had a jumper finish 6th and in 1956, two of their jumpers placed 7th and 8th, but no Japanese has won a medal in any major international competition since.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Naoto Tajima 23 Japan JPN Gold WR
2 Masao Harada 23 Japan JPN Silver
3 Jack Metcalfe 24 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Heinz Wöllner 23 Germany GER
5 Rolland Romero 21 United States USA
6 Kenkichi Oshima 27 Japan JPN
7 Erich Joch 23 Germany GER
8 Dudley Wilkins 21 United States USA
9 Olavi Suomela 23 Finland FIN
10 Luz Long 23 Germany GER
11 Edward Luckhaus 25 Poland POL
12 Lajos Somló 23 Hungary HUN
13 Onni Rajasaari 26 Finland FIN
14 Eugen Haugland 24 Norway NOR
15 Marten Klasema 24 Netherlands NED
16 Basil Dickinson 21 Australia AUS
17 Billy Brown 17 United States USA
18 Bo Ljungberg 24 Sweden SWE
19 Lennart Andersson 22 Sweden SWE
20 Sam Richardson 18 Canada CAN
21 Jovan Mikić 22 Yugoslavia YUG
22 Sigurður Sigurðsson 22 Iceland ISL
23 Karl Kotratschek 21 Austria AUT
AC QR Juan Reccius 25 Chile CHI
AC QR Chia Gwechang 21 China CHN
AC QR Situ Guong 24 China CHN
AC QR Wang Shilin 21 China CHN
AC QR Pedro del Vecchio 23 Colombia COL
AC QR Edward Boyce 23 Great Britain GBR
AC QR Grigorios Lambrakis 23 Greece GRE
AC QR Karol Hoffmann 22 Poland POL