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1896 Olympic Games Athina, Greece - Men's Triple Jump



Host City: Athina, Greece Format: Final only.
Date Started: April 6, 1896  
Date Finished: April 6, 1896  
(Competitors: 7; Countries: 5)  
    Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Overview by IAAF   1896_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Connolly won with his hop-hop-jump style, as compared with the now conventional hop-step-jump of Tuffere. Persakis jumped in the local style of two steps and a jump. Connolly’s winning jump gave him the first title to be won in the modern Olympic Games. Both Edward Bloss and Charles Reber were 14m jumpers (and 7m long jumpers) who might well have given the event greater international stature had they been present.
Summary by      
The hop, step and jump was the first final contested at the 1896 Olympic Games. The competition occurred on 6 April 1896. The honor of being the first Modern Olympic Champion thus went to the winner of this event, James B. Connolly of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, the Suffolk Athletic Club, and briefly, Harvard University.
Connolly led a field of seven competitors, with France's Alexandre Tuffèri finishing second, and Greece's Ioannis Persakis third. Tuffèri was the first jumper and Connolly the last. There were no precise rules at the style required. The styles of the medalists were described in The Field as follows: Connolly took two hops on his right foot and then a jump; Tuffèri performed a hop, step and a jump in the standard English method; and Persakis used two steps and a jump. Persakis' method was apparently the common one used in Greece where the event was popular and often held at various village festivals.



The men's triple jump was one of four jumping events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. There were 7 competitors in the triple jump, then known as the "hop, skip, and jump" despite the wide range of techniques used by the competitors. The event was held on 6 April, immediately after the first heats of the 100 metre race. Since there was only one round of the triple jump, the winner was crowned as the first modern Olympic champion.
Triple Jump Men     Final 6 April        
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 13.71     James B. Connolly United States USA 27 OR  
2 12.70     Alexandre Tuffèri France FRA 19    
3 12.52     Ioannis Persakis Greece GRE      
4 11.26     Alajos Szokoly Hungary HUN 24    
5       Carl Schuhmann Germany GER 26    
AC       Khristos Zoumis Greece GRE      
AC       Fritz Hofmann Germany GER 24    


James B. Connolly
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Connolly in 1906
Personal information
Born October 28, 1868
Boston, Massachusetts
Died January 20, 1957 (aged 88)
Brookline, Massachusetts
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
Alexandre Tuffère
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Alexandre Tuffèri
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  France
Olympic Games Athens, Greece
Silver medal – second place 1896 Athens Triple jump

Alexandre Tuffère or Tuffèri (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Τουφερής - Alexandros Touferis) (born June 8, 1876, Athens, Greece – died 14 March 1958) was a French–Greek athlete, who was born and lived in Athens. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in his hometown for France, but he also set several national records in Greece.

He placed second in the triple jump, a full metre behind the winner (James Brendan Connolly of the United States. Tuffèri's jump was 12.70 metres to Connolly's 13.71 metres.

Tuffère was one of nine athletes to compete in the long jump. The only information known about his placing in the event is that he was not one of the top four.

He also participated at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris in the triple jump event and finished 6th. He also participated in mid-Olympics (1906) this time for Greece.

In November 1940, Tuffère, who was living in Athens at the time, was nominated as the head of a gaullist group, organized by sympathizers of the Free French movement. However, the true leader of the group, initiated by general Georges Catroux who was in Cairo at the time, was Octave Merlier.

Ioannis Persakis
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Ioannis Persakis
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Greece
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1896 Athens Triple jump

Ioannis Persakis (Greek: Ιωάννης Περσάκης, 1877 – 1943) was a Greek athlete. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.

He was born in Athens.

Persakis competed in the triple jump, taking third place. His best jump was 12.52 metres.


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