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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's Triple Jump

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 16.10 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 16, 1968  
Date Finished: October 17, 1968  
(Competitors: 34; Countries: 24; Finalists: 13)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
In 1955, Adhemar da Silva had set a world record in Mexico City, and Saneyev and Walker were both considered as potential world record breakers at the same venue. Less favoured was Italy’s Gentile, seventh on the pre-Olympic lists, who therefore amazed onlookers with a world record of 17.10 in the second round of the qualifying competition. The other major surprise of the preliminary was Pertti Pousi (FIN), world leader at 17.00, who managed only 15.84. Gentile again produced a superb jump – this time in the opening round of the final, as he landed standing up at the new world mark of 17.22. Both of the Italian’s records were in still conditions, but the wind began to pick up a little as Prudêncio kept Brazil’s traditions alive with 17.05/+1.8 in the next round. Then Viktor Saneyev came into the reckoning, jumping 17.23/+2.0 to move from third to first. The Georgian held the lead until the fifth round, when Prudêncio leapt 17.27/+2.0 for the third world record of the day. Prudêncio backed up his record with 17.15 in the final round, only to see the superb Saneyev bound out to 17.39/+2.0 (!) for gold and the final record of the afternoon. Art Walker, who had suffered step problems all afternoon, took off just behind the board but leapt a good 17.12w with the penultimate jump of the contest. The pre-Olympic world record had been bettered with eight jumps, of which six were wind legal, though the last three records were all aided by the coincidental maximum legal wind of 2.0.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
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.
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Józef Szmidt (POL) 17.03 m Olsztyn, Poland August 5, 1960
Olympic record 16.85 m Tokyo, Japan October 16, 1964
 
        Results          
   
Triple Jump Men     Final 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 17.39     Viktor Saneyev Soviet Union URS 23 WR  
2 17.27     Nélson Prudêncio Brazil BRA 24 WR  
3 17.22     Giuseppe Gentile Italy ITA 25 WR  
4 17.12w     Art Walker United States USA 27    
5 17.09w     Nikolay Dudkin Soviet Union URS 21    
6 17.02     Phil May Australia AUS 24    
7 16.89     Józef Szmidt Poland POL 33    
8 16.73w     Mansour Dia Senegal SEN 27    
9 16.46     Georgi Stoykovski Bulgaria BUL 27    
10 16.45     Henrik Kalocsai Hungary HUN 27    
11 15.90     Joachim Kugler West Germany FRG 21    
12 15.75     Luis Felipe Areta Spain ESP 26    
13 15.62     Şerban Ciochină Romania ROU 28    
Triple Jump Men     Qualifying Round Group A 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 17.10     Giuseppe Gentile Italy ITA 25 WR  
2 16.32     Phil May Australia AUS 24    
3 16.21     Şerban Ciochină Romania ROU 28    
4 16.19     Józef Szmidt Poland POL 33    
5 16.02     Michael Sauer West Germany FRG 27    
6 16.01     Derek Boosey Great Britain GBR 26    
7 15.84     Norm Tate United States USA 26    
8 15.83     Yukito Muraki Japan JPN 23    
9 15.79     Tim Barrett Bahamas BAH 20    
10 15.75     Dave Smith United States USA 20    
11 15.71     Evangelos Vlasis Greece GRE 23    
12 15.46     Samuel Igun Nigeria NGR 30    
13 15.41     Aleksandr Zolotarev Soviet Union URS 28    
14 15.29     Chen Ming-Chi Chinese Taipei TPE 21    
15 15.16     Klaus Neumann East Germany GDR 26    
16 15.04     Zoltán Cziffra Hungary HUN 25    
Triple Jump Men     Qualifying Round Group B 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 16.58     Mansour Dia Senegal SEN 27    
2 16.49     Art Walker United States USA 27    
3 16.46     Nélson Prudêncio Brazil BRA 24    
4 16.24     Georgi Stoykovski Bulgaria BUL 27    
5 16.22     Viktor Saneyev Soviet Union URS 23    
6 16.20     Luis Felipe Areta Spain ESP 26    
7 16.20     Joachim Kugler West Germany FRG 21    
8 16.16     Henrik Kalocsai Hungary HUN 27    
9 16.15     Nikolay Dudkin Soviet Union URS 21    
10 16.04     Jan Jaskólski Poland POL 28    
11 15.84     Pertti Pousi Finland FIN 22    
12 15.71     Fred Alsop Great Britain GBR 29    
13 15.65     Johnson Amoah Ghana GHA 28    
14 15.65     Aşkın Tuna Turkey TUR 28    
15 15.61     Heinz-Günter Schenk East Germany GDR 26    
16 15.61     Dragán Ivanov Hungary HUN 26    
17 15.29     Lennox Burgher Jamaica JAM 21    
18 15.09     Héctor Serrate Puerto Rico PUR 22    

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Results

Qualifying round

Qual. rule: qualification standard 16.10m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Final
Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Giuseppe Gentile Italy X 17.10 17.10 WR Q
2 B Mansour Dia Senegal 16.58 16.58 Q
3 B Art Walker United States 16.49 16.49 Q
4 B Nelson Prudêncio Brazil 15.79 16.46 16.46 Q
5 A Phil May Australia 16.32 16.32 Q
6 B Georgi Stoykovski Bulgaria 15.26 X 16.24 16.24 Q
7 B Viktor Saneyev Soviet Union 16.22 16.22 Q
8 A Şerban Ciochină Romania 15.93 16.07 16.21 16.21 Q
9 B Luis Felipe Areta Spain 15.94 16.20 16.20 Q
10 B Joachim Kugler West Germany 15.79 16.20 16.20 Q
11 A Józef Szmidt Poland X 16.19 16.19 Q
12 B Henrik Kalocsai Hungary 15.44 16.16 16.16 Q
13 B Nikolay Dudkin Soviet Union 15.81 16.15 16.15 Q
14 B Jan Jaskólski Poland 15.79 16.04 16.04  
15 A Michael Sauer West Germany 15.61 16.02 15.84 16.02  
16 A Derek Boosey Great Britain 15.07 15.99 16.01 16.01  
17 A Norman Tate United States 13.43 15.84 15.83 15.84  
18 B Pertti Pousi Finland X 15.84 15.74 15.84  
19 A Yukito Muraki Japan X 15.37 15.83 15.83  
20 A Tim Barrett Bahamas X 15.06 15.79 15.79  
21 A Dave Smith United States X X 15.75 15.75  
22 A Evangelos Vlasis Greece 15.47 15.52 15.71 15.71  
23 B Fred Alsop Great Britain 12.93 15.71 15.50 15.71  
24 B Johnson Amoah Ghana 15.65 15.28 15.65 15.65  
25 B Aşkın Tuna Turkey 15.65 X 15.43 15.65  
26 B Heinz-Günter Schenk East Germany X 14.72 15.61 15.61  
27 B Dragán Ivanov Hungary 15.61 X 14.42 15.61  
28 A Samuel Igun Nigeria 15.40 13.86 15.46 15.46  
29 A Aleksandr Zolotarev Soviet Union 15.41 14.72 X 15.41  
30 B Lennox Burgher Jamaica 15.20 15.29 15.14 15.29  
31 A Chen Ming-Chi Republic of China 15.29 15.04 14.76 15.29  
32 A Klaus Neumann East Germany 15.16 X 15.16  
33 B Héctor Serrate Puerto Rico 15.09 15.05 14.89 15.09  
34 A Zoltán Cziffra Hungary 15.04 X 15.04  
Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Viktor Saneyev Soviet Union 16.49 16.84 17.23 17.02 16.81 17.39 17.39 WR
2nd Nelson Prudêncio Brazil 16.33 17.05 16.75 X 17.27 17.15 17.27  
3rd Giuseppe Gentile Italy 17.22 X X X 16.54 X 17.22  
4 Art Walker United States 15.43 16.45 16.77 16.48 X 17.12 17.12  
5 Nikolay Dudkin Soviet Union 16.15 16.70 16.37 16.73 17.09 16.53 17.09  
6 Phil May Australia 15.48 16.58 16.51 17.02 X 17.02  
7 Józef Szmidt Poland 16.06 16.77 X 16.66 X 16.89 16.89  
8 Mansour Dia Senegal 16.71 16.48 15.44 16.73 16.64 15.83 16.73  
9 Georgi Stoykovski Bulgaria 16.28 16.46 16.19 N/A 16.46  
10 Henrik Kalocsai Hungary 16.45 16.39 16.20 N/A 16.45  
11 Joachim Kugler West Germany 12.87 X 15.90 N/A 15.90  
12 Luis Felipe Areta Spain 15.72 15.75 14.80 N/A 15.75  
13 Şerban Ciochină Romania X X 15.62 N/A 15.62  
 
 
 

 

 

 

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