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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 16, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968

Gold: URS Viktor Saneyev
Silver: BRA Nélson Prudêncio
Bronze: ITA Giuseppe Gentile


The thin air of Ciudad de México allowed the triple jumpers to produce a remarkable series of jumps, re-arranging the world record and world lists. It started in qualifying when Italy’s [Giuseppe Gentile] broke the world record with 17.10 (5-1¼). In round one of the final, he bettered that with 17.22 (56-6). But he could not improve that, although it would eventually bring him the bronze medal. The favorite, [Viktor Saneyev] (URS), jumped 17.23 (56-6½) in round three to get a narrow lead. Then in round five, Brazil’s [Nelson Prudêncio] set another world record with 17.27 (56-8). He backed that up with 17.15 (56-3¼) in round six, only to see Saneyev snatch the gold medal and world record with a final round effort of 17.39 (57-0¾). During the qualifying and final, the pre-Olympic world record had been beaten nine times and equaled twice. Two-time defending champion [Józef Szmidt] made the final, finshing seventh.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viktor Saneyev 23 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Nélson Prudêncio 24 Brazil BRA Silver WR
3 Giuseppe Gentile 25 Italy ITA Bronze WR
4 Art Walker 27 United States USA
5 Nikolay Dudkin 21 Soviet Union URS
6 Phil May 24 Australia AUS
7 Józef Szmidt 33 Poland POL
8 Mansour Dia 27 Senegal SEN
9 Georgi Stoykovski 27 Bulgaria BUL
10 Henrik Kalocsai 27 Hungary HUN
11 Joachim Kugler 21 West Germany FRG
12 Luis Felipe Areta 26 Spain ESP
13 Șerban Ciochină 28 Romania ROU
14 QR Jan Jaskólski 28 Poland POL
15 QR Michael Sauer 27 West Germany FRG
16 QR Derek Boosey 26 Great Britain GBR
17 QR Norm Tate 26 United States USA
18 QR Pertti Pousi 22 Finland FIN
19 QR Yukito Muraki 23 Japan JPN
20 QR Tim Barrett 20 Bahamas BAH
21 QR Dave Smith 20 United States USA
22 QR Evangelos Vlasis 23 Greece GRE
23 QR Fred Alsop 29 Great Britain GBR
24 QR Johnson Amoah 28 Ghana GHA
25 QR Aşkın Tuna 28 Turkey TUR
26 QR Heinz-Günter Schenk 26 East Germany GDR
27 QR Dragán Ivanov 26 Hungary HUN
28 QR Samuel Igun 30 Nigeria NGR
29 QR Aleksandr Zolotarev 28 Soviet Union URS
30 QR Lennox Burgher 22 Jamaica JAM
31 QR Chen Ming-Chi 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
32 QR Klaus Neumann 26 East Germany GDR
33 QR Héctor Serrate 22 Puerto Rico PUR
34 QR Zoltán Cziffra 25 Hungary HUN