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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's Triple Jump

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (17.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 10)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
With reigning champion Olsson out for the season, Oprea and Gregório were tipped as possible winners. Betanzos led the qualifiers at 17.40w, with Britain’s Nathan Douglas (17.64 a month earlier) the most notable non-qualifier. Oprea led the final early on with 17.15, with Davis (17.22w) eclipsing him by the end of round one. The lead was taken in consecutive jumps in the next round by the surprising Taillepierre (17.27) and then Sands (17.39w). Oprea moved ahead of Davis in the next round with 17.22, but the American, who had been behind the board on his 17.22w, then responded with 17.57. Betanzos moved past Sands with 17.42, a jump he repeated in the final round, to hold off Oprea’s final effort of 17.40 for the silver medal. Davis’s 17.57 (6.25 hop, 5.30 step and 6.02 jump) was the shortest winning effort since the first World Championships, and marked the second global win in the Helsinki stadium by a Walter Davis, the other being the 1952 Olympic Champion at high jump.
 The Men's Triple Jump event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 10 and August 11.
 
  Final

Event Report - Men's Triple Jump Final

Davis finds his best form

American champion-world champion often go together, but you normally give some indication in a season that it might be likely to happen. Not so Walter Davis USA who had barely registered a decent jump throughout the whole summer. 17 metres 29 centimetres months ago in Brazil did not seem adequate pedigree to lift a world title, barely creeping into the top ten of the year’s top performances. But Davis had an inspired evening and came away with gold, Yoandri Betanzos CUB repeated silver from Paris and a battling Marian Oprea ROM came away with bronze.

"I surprised myself a little," admitted the American. "But my plan was definitely to win tonight."

The drizzly night was a graveyard of big jumpers. Jadel Gregorio BRA, up in the 17.70s in June languished in eighth, unable to get his big frame moving, switching from shorts to track suit bottoms to shorts, a clear sign he was suffering from the climate. Top of the season rankings with 17.81, an injured Oprea was over 40cm down on his best.

But still the Romanian managed to lay down the first marker with a solid 17.15 metres in round one. Considering the injections in the heel that had been bothering him since the Stockholm Grand Prix, his only defeat of the year, it was an acceptable jump. Originally he had only intended to take one big jump and stake his all on that, but after reflection opted to take the route of injections on the day of the final to give himself more options. In the event he was going to need every single jump, but it did not bode well for last year’s Olympic silver that he needed treatment just to keep going.

The round saw a succession of men peppering the 17m mark until Walter Davis reached out to 17.22 for the lead and a sign of things to come. Round two and Karl Taillepierre FRA pulled out a controlled 17.27 for his second 17m jump of the competition to snatch the lead away. Then came Leevan Sands BAH with an inspired 17.39w. The competition was waking up. Though a fine jumper, Sands had done nothing of note coming into these championships, not even passing the 17m mark. But in qualifying he had only needed one jump of 17.20 plus to revise his season’s best before igniting in round two of this final.

Round three saw a fight-back from Oprea who added seven centimetres to his account to go into the bronze medal position. He may not be at his best but he would go down fighting. So far he had missed none of his jumps.

But then Davis changed the whole nature of the evening. Though chilly for spectators the athletes said it was reasonably warm at track level. Davis turned the heat up much further revising his season’s best by some 28 centimetres for a gold medal winning 17.57. The American champion was on his way. All he had to do was wait and see if anyone could respond.

Down to the last eight competitors and just three jumps left seemed to concentrate the mind for Betanzos who had been struggling to find his range for more than an hour, but 17.42 put him in silver medal position. "I am very satisfied with the medal," said the Cuban. "I am proud to keep up the Cuban tradition of having good results in the triple jump."

At this stage Oprea had slipped out of the medals, but the man from Pitesti refused to resign himself to being absent from the podium. He had had one big leap in the previous round but it was a clear foul. However, he was wound up enough for one final push and in the final round he found the answer with a clean 17.40 that even threatened to claim silver. "I came here not 100 percent healthy so I must be pleased to go away with a medal. I just came to jump, to compete," he said. He was as good as his word.

1 Walter Davis USA 2 Jul 79 17.57 0.3
2 Yoandri Betanzos CUB 15 Feb 82 17.42 1.2
3 Marian Oprea ROU 6 Jun 82 17.40 2.0
4 Leevan Sands BAH 16 Aug 81 17,39 2.3
5 Karl Taillepierre FRA 13 Aug 76 17.27 2.0
6 Jadel Gregório BRA 16 Sep 80 17.20 0.0
7 Kenta Bell USA 16 Mar 77 17.11 2.0
8 David Girat CUB 28 Aug 84 17.09 0.7
9 Viktor Yastrebov UKR 13 Jan 82 16,90 2.3
10 Dmitrij Vaľukevič SVK 31 May 81 16,79 2.8
11 Momchil Karailiev BUL 21 May 82 16,70 2.2
12 Anders Møller DEN 5 Sep 77 16,16 2.7
Final 20:00h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Walter Davis USA 17.57m 17.22 16.84 17.57 17.03 - X
2 Yoandri Betanzos CUB 17.42m 15.67 17.03 17.01 17.42 15.09 17.41
3 Marian Oprea ROM 17.40m 17.15 16.81 17.22 X X 17.40
4 Leevan Sands BAH 17.39m 17.11 17.39 17.18 X 17.30 X
5 Karl Taillepierre FRA 17.27m 17.01 17.27 17.15 17.06 16.75 17.19
6 Jadel Gregorio BRA 17.20m 17.11 X 16.91 17.20 X 16.18
7 Kenta Bell USA 17.11m 16.58 16.95 17.11 X 16.81 X
8 David Giralt CUB 17.09m 17.09 X 15.82 16.48 X X
9 Vyktor Yastrebov UKR 16.90m 16.82 16.50 16.90
10 Dmitriy Valyukevich SVK 16.79m X 16.79 X
11 Momchil Karailiev BUL 16.70m 16.49 16.70 16.69
12 Anders Moller DEN 16.16m 16.16 X 15.55
  Qualification 10 August

Event Report - Men Triple Jump Qualification

You may be one of the best jumpers in the world but qualifying on a chilly, windy morning in Helsinki is a different matter. Nathan Douglas GBR, has progressed to 17.64 metres this season, but struggled for three rounds more than a metre below that mark as he tried to find the key to the magic qualifying distance of 17m. It was not to be and he ended up a dejected 15th, out of the final and out of championships.

He was not alone in struggling but others found answers of a sort. World leader this year Marian Oprea ROM covered 16.81 on his first jump. It was obviously safe, but it was not the best idea in this weather to have to stay out in the middle for at least one more jump to make sure.

Not so the next best triple jumper in the world, Jadel Gregorio BRA, who had the air of a man who knew what he was about. One jump of 17.20 and the job was done. Following suit in quick order in the first round were American champion Walter Davis USA, 17.08, and Leevan Sands BAH with a season’s best 17.21. But they were all outshone by a beautifully controlled jump from Yoandri Betanzos CUB who leapt out to 17.40, all the more impressive because it was with a following gale of +4.2m/s when the danger of overstepping the mark is always a possibility.

No one else made the qualifying mark, but Oprea, Momchil Karailiev BUL, Kenta Bell USA and David Giralt CUB were the best of the rest to get through to the final. There were, though, some well-known names who fared much worse. Back in 26th and next to last was the 1999 world champion, Charles Michael Friedek GER, European Cup winner this year, who finished with his head in the sand contemplating a best of 15.75.

  Group A
1 Yoandri Betanzos CUB 15 Feb 82 17,40 4.2 Q
2 Leevan Sands BAH 16 Aug 81 17.21 1.6 Q
3 Walter Davis USA 2 Jul 79 17.08 0.6 Q
4 Marian Oprea ROU 6 Jun 82 16.81 1.7 q
5 Anders Møller DEN 5 Sep 77 16.69 1.3 q
6 Dmitrij Vaľukevič SVK 31 May 81 16,68 2.7
7 Karl Taillepierre FRA 13 Aug 76 16.67 1.9 q
8 Viktor Yastrebov UKR 13 Jan 82 16.66 0.2 q
9 Nelson Évora POR 20 Apr 84 16.60 1.8
10 Viktor Gushchinskiy RUS 12 Aug 78 16.39 1.3
11 Danila Burkenya RUS 20 Jul 78 16.35 0.8
12 Kazuyoshi Ishikawa JPN 6 Nov 82 16,33 2.3
13 Johan Meriluoto FIN 22 Mar 74 16.01 0.8
14 Konstadínos Zalaggítis GRE 13 Dec 80 15.72 -1.4
Michaël Velter BEL 21 Mar 80 NM
  Group B
1 Jadel Gregório BRA 16 Sep 80 17.20 1.8 Q
2 Momchil Karailiev BUL 21 May 82 16.73 1.1 q
3 Kenta Bell USA 16 Mar 77 16.72 1.1 q
4 David Girat CUB 28 Aug 84 16.71 0.3 q
5 Allen Simms PUR 26 Jul 82 16.63 0.5
6 Nathan Douglas GBR 4 Dec 82 16,53 2.8
7 Igor Spasovkhodskiy RUS 1 Aug 79 16.45 1.8
8 Tareq Bougtaïb MAR 30 Apr 81 16.38 1.4
9 Mykola Savolaynen UKR 25 Mar 80 16.35 1.9
10 Hrístos Melétoglou GRE 2 Jan 72 16.35 -0.6
11 Paolo Camossi ITA 6 Jan 74 16.23 1.0
12 Randy Lewis GRN 14 Oct 80 16.11 0.2
13 Charles Michael Friedek GER 26 Aug 71 15.75 -2.4
- Yanxi Li CHN DNS
 
Group A Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Yoandri Betanzos CUB 17.40m 17.40
2 Leevan Sands BAH 17.21m 17.21
3 Walter Davis USA 17.08m 17.08
4 Marian Oprea ROM 16.81m 16.81 - -
5 Anders Moller DEN 16.69m X 16.69 X
6 Dmitriy Valyukevich SVK 16.68m X 15.70 16.68
7 Karl Taillepierre FRA 16.67m 16.26 16.62 16.67
8 Vyktor Yastrebov UKR 16.66m 16.59 16.63 16.66
9 Nelson Evora POR 16.60m 16.60 15.91 X
10 Viktor Gushchinskiy RUS 16.39m 15.12 16.39 16.26
11 Danila Burkenya RUS 16.35m 15.97 16.35 16.18
12 Kazuyoshi Ishikawa JPN 16.33m 16.09 16.33 15.33
13 Johan Meriluoto FIN 16.01m 15.14 16.01 X
14 Konstadinos Zalaggitis GRE 15.72m X 15.72 X
- Michael Velter BEL NM X X X
Group B Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Jadel Gregorio BRA 17.20m 17.20
2 Momchil Karailiev BUL 16.73m 16.73 16.03 X
3 Kenta Bell USA 16.72m X 16.47 16.72
4 David Giralt CUB 16.71m 16.71 16.58 16.26
5 Allen Simms PUR 16.63m 16.28 X 16.63
6 Nathan Douglas GBR 16.53m 16.53 X 16.46
7 Igor Spasovkhodskiy RUS 16.45m 16.33 X 16.45
8 Tarik Bougtaib MAR 16.38m 16.06 16.38 16.36
9 Mykola Savolainen UKR 16.35m 16.18 16.35 X
10 Hristos Meletoglou GRE 16.35m 16.12 16.35 16.17
11 Paolo Camossi ITA 16.23m 14.50 15.89 16.23
12 Randy Lewis GRN 16.11m X X 16.11
13 Charles Michael Friedek GER 15.75m 15.75 X 15.07
- Yanxi Li CHN DNS
Startlist
Order
BibCountryAthletePBSB
1
805 RUS Danil Burkenya 17.68 17.08
2
747 POR Nelson Évora 16.89 16.89
3
66 BEL Michael Velter 16.90i 16.90i
4
809 RUS Viktor Gushchinskiy 17.22 17.10
5
199 DEN Anders Møller 16.76 16.76
6
520 JPN Kazuyoshi Ishikawa 16.98 16.92
7
296 FIN Johan Meriluoto 16.95 16.50
8
775 ROU Marian Oprea 17.81 17.81
9
957 UKR Viktor Yastrebov 17.32 17.15
10
879 SVK Dmitrij Valukevic 17.57 17.11i
11
51 BAH Leevan Sands 17.50 17.30
12
336 FRA Karl Taillepierre 17.45 17.45
13
419 GRE Konstadínos Zalaggítis 17.43 17.29
14
978 USA Walter Davis 17.63 17.62i
15
171 CUB Yoandris Betanzos 17.53 17.39
 
Order
BibCountryAthletePBSB
1
461 ITA Paolo Camossi 17.45 16.86
2
421 GRN Randy Lewis 17.34 16.88
3
946 UKR Mykola Savolaynen 17.16i 17.01i
4
758 USA Allen Simms 17.26i 17.03
5
965 USA Kenta Bell 17.63 17.09
6
146 CHN Yanxi Li 17.15 17.15
7
106 BRA Jadel Gregório 17.73 17.73
8
621 MAR Tarik Bouguetaïb 17.00 17.00
9
414 GRE Hrístos Melétoglou 17.19 16.74
10
831 RUS Igor Spasovkhodskiy 17.44 17.32
11
119 BUL Momchil Karailiev 17.19 17.19
12
175 CUB Arnie David Girat 17.31 17.14
13
380 GER Charles Michael Friedek 17.59 17.39
14
346 GBR Nathan Douglas 17.64 17.64

 

 

 

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