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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Long Jump

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 21, 1952
Date Finished: July 21, 1952

Gold: USA Jerome Biffle
Silver: USA Meredith Gourdine
Bronze: HUN Ã–dön Földessy


The best jumper of the era was [George Brown], ranked #1 in the world in 1951-53. In Helsinki he qualified for the final, but then fouled on his first three attempts and was out of the competition. The leading qualifiers were Americans [Meredith Gourdine] and [Jerome Biffle] and South Africa's [Neville Price], with Brown fourth. Price injured himself in the qualifying and opened with only 6.40 (21-0) in the final and could do no better. Biffle and Gourdine fought it out for the gold and silver medal. They both had their best jumps in round three, with Biffle defeating Gourdine by four centimeters. Bronze medalist [Ödön Földessy] (HUN) would win the 1954 European Championship.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jerome Biffle 24 United States USA Gold
2 Meredith Gourdine 22 United States USA Silver
3 Ödön Földessy 23 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Ary de Sá 24 Brazil BRA
5 Jorma Valtonen 29 Finland FIN
6 Leonid Grigoryev 25 Soviet Union URS
7 Karl-Erik Israelsson 22 Sweden SWE
8 Paul Faucher 32 France FRA
9 Pentti Snellman 26 Finland FIN
10 Masaji Tajima 23 Japan JPN
11 Neville Price 23 South Africa RSA
AC r2/2 Henk Visser 20 Netherlands NED
AC r2/2 George Brown 20 United States USA
14 QR Carlos Vera 23 Chile CHI
15 QR Felix Würth 28 Austria AUT
16 QR Sylvanus Williams 29 Nigeria NGR
17 QR Jorma Valkama 23 Finland FIN
18 QR Karim Olowu 28 Nigeria NGR
19 QR Toni Breder 26 Saar SAA
20 QR Brígido Iriarte 31 Venezuela VEN
21 QR Henryk Grabowski 22 Poland POL
22 QR Nikolay Andryushchenko 21 Soviet Union URS
23 QR Geraldo de Oliveira 32 Brazil BRA
24 QR Pat Leane 22 Australia AUS
25 QR Kamtorn Sanidwong 26 Thailand THA
AC QR Avni Akgün Turkey TUR
AC QR Baldadash Madatov Soviet Union URS