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Long Jump, Men

Date3 – 4 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants42 from 30 countries
Olympic Record 8.90 WR / Bob Beamon USA / 18 October 1968

Panama’s Irving Saladino had won this event in Beijing, after winning the 2007 World Championships, and he was back. But he had no significant major titles since 2008, and was not considered a medal favorite. He would fail to make a fair mark in qualifying. The two favorites were Australia’s Mitch Watt and Britain’s Greg Rutherford, with Watt given a slight edge.

The lead in round one went to Britain’s Chris Tomlinson, who jumped 8.06 but that was his best mark and he would eventually finish sixth. On the second round, Rutherford took the lead with 8.21, a mark that would have been good enough for the gold medal, but he would better that with 8.31 in round four and win gold. Watt was only fourth after three jumps, having only one fair jump with 7.97 in round two, but he improved to 8.13 in round five and 8.16 in the final round to get silver. The bronze went to surprising American Will Claye. Claye was actually on the US team in the long and triple jump in London and was considered better in the triple. He would win silver in the triple jump five days later, the first such medal double since 1936, when Japan’s Naoto Tajima medalled in both events.

Rutherford’s victory came on the second night of athletics at the Olympic Stadium and it was a magic one for British fans. His best jump came at about the time that Jessica Ennis started her 800 metres to finish what would be her heptathlon gold medal. Later that evening, Mo Farah would win the 10,000 metres to give Great Britain three gold medals on a surreal Saturday night.

The long jumping performances were less than seen in recent years. Some of this was attributed to difficult, shifting winds, but also to the fact that there was no single dominant long jumper in 2012. Only Rutherford surpassed 27 feet, and only 14 of 60 attempts were past the 8-metre barrier, or just 26-3 in Imperial measure.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
11832Greg RutherfordGBR8.08 (4)8.31 (1)Gold
21066Mitch WattAUS7.99 (9)8.16 (2)Silver
33211Will ClayeUSA7.99 (8)8.12 (3)Bronze
43002Michel TornéusSWE8.03 (6)8.11 (4)
51892Sebastian BayerGER7.92 (12)8.10 (5)
61839Chris TomlinsonGBR8.06 (5)8.07 (6)
71219 DudaBRA8.11 (1)8.01 (7)
82785Godfrey Khotso MokoenaRSA8.02 (7)7.93 (8)
91043Henry FrayneAUS7.95 (11)7.85 (9)
103218Marquise GoodwinUSA8.11 (2)7.80 (10)
112818Aleksandr MenkovRUS8.09 (3)7.78 (11)
121151Tyrone SmithBER7.97 (10)7.70 (12)
13 r1/21919Christian ReifGER7.92 (13)
14 r1/21612Eusebio CáceresESP7.92 (14)
15 r1/22821Aleksandr PetrovRUS7.89 (15)
16 r1/22819Sergey MorgunovRUS7.87 (16)
17 r1/22080Mohammad ArzandehIRI7.84 (17)
18 r1/21973Ignisious GaisahGHA7.79 (18)
19 r1/22173Damar ForbesJAM7.79 (19)
20 r1/21352Li JinzheCHN7.77 (20)
21 r1/21102Raymond HiggsBAH7.76 (21)
22 r1/21895Alyn CamaraGER7.72 (22)
23 r1/21767Salim SdiriFRA7.71 (23)
24 r1/22908Ndiss Kaba BadjiSEN7.66 (24)
25 r1/21031Arsen SargsyanARM7.62 (25)
26 r1/22426Povilas MykolaitisLTU7.61 (26)
27 r1/22569Stanley GbagbekeNGR7.59 (27)
28 r1/22708Marcos ChuvaPOR7.55 (28)
29 r1/21988Louis TsatoumasGRE7.53 (29)
30 r1/21526Štepán WagnerCZE7.50 (30)
31 r1/23135Viktor KuznietsovUKR7.50 (31)
32 r1/22504Luis RiveraMEX7.42 (32)
=33 r1/23033Lin Ching-HsuanTPE7.38 (=33)
=33 r1/23020Supanara SuksawatTHA7.38 (=33)
35 r1/21886Boleslav Skhirt'ladzeGEO7.26 (35)
36 r1/21369Zhang XiaoyiCHN7.25 (36)
37 r1/21585Mohamed FathallaEGY7.08 (37)
38 r1/21521Roman NovotnýCZE6.96 (38)
39 r1/23228George KitchensUSA6.84 (39)
40 r1/21030Vardan PahlevanyanARM6.55 (40)
AC1627Luis Felipe MélizESP– (AC)NM
AC2624Irving SaladinoPAN– (AC)NM

Qualifying Round (3 August 2012 — 19:50)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 8.10 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1 DudaBRA8.118.07Q
2Marquise GoodwinUSA8.11Q
3Aleksandr MenkovRUS8.09q
4Greg RutherfordGBR8.08q
5Chris TomlinsonGBR8.06q
6Michel TornéusSWE8.03q
7Godfrey Khotso MokoenaRSA8.02q
8Will ClayeUSA7.997.86q
9Mitch WattAUS7.99q
10Tyrone SmithBER7.97q
11Henry FrayneAUS7.95q
12Sebastian BayerGER7.927.88q
13Christian ReifGER7.927.81
14Eusebio CáceresESP7.927.25
15Aleksandr PetrovRUS7.89
16Sergey MorgunovRUS7.87
17Mohammad ArzandehIRI7.84
18Ignisious GaisahGHA7.797.72
19Damar ForbesJAM7.797.48
20Li JinzheCHN7.77
21Raymond HiggsBAH7.76
22Alyn CamaraGER7.72
23Salim SdiriFRA7.71
24Ndiss Kaba BadjiSEN7.66
25Arsen SargsyanARM7.62
26Povilas MykolaitisLTU7.61
27Stanley GbagbekeNGR7.59
28Marcos ChuvaPOR7.55
29Louis TsatoumasGRE7.53
30Štepán WagnerCZE7.507.47
31Viktor KuznietsovUKR7.507.43
32Luis RiveraMEX7.42
=33Lin Ching-HsuanTPE7.387.35
=33Supanara SuksawatTHA7.387.35
35Boleslav Skhirt'ladzeGEO7.26
36Zhang XiaoyiCHN7.25
37Mohamed FathallaEGY7.08
38Roman NovotnýCZE6.96
39George KitchensUSA6.84
40Vardan PahlevanyanARM6.55
ACLuis Felipe MélizESPNM
ACIrving SaladinoPANNM

Qualifying Round, Group A (3 August 2012 — 19:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
113Marquise GoodwinUSA8.118.11
(-1.0)
219Aleksandr MenkovRUS8.097.87
(-1.0)
×
(-1.2)
8.09
(+1.5)
36Greg RutherfordGBR8.088.08
(0.0)
8.06
(-1.4)
-
412Michel TornéusSWE8.038.03
(+0.6)
7.49
(-1.2)
-
516Godfrey Khotso MokoenaRSA8.02×
(+0.4)
7.81
(-1.5)
8.02
(+0.9)
611Will ClayeUSA7.997.99
(-0.7)
×
(+0.5)
7.86
(-1.1)
714Tyrone SmithBER7.977.73
(-1.5)
7.75
(-1.3)
7.97
(-0.3)
81Henry FrayneAUS7.957.82
(-1.4)
×
(+0.1)
7.95
(-0.8)
97Christian ReifGER7.927.81
(-0.3)
×
(+0.3)
7.92
(0.0)
1018Eusebio CáceresESP7.927.25
(-1.4)
7.92
(-0.6)
6.95
(-1.2)
1115Mohammad ArzandehIRI7.847.77
(-1.0)
7.75
(-0.3)
7.84
(-1.1)
1221Damar ForbesJAM7.797.79
(-0.7)
×
(-1.3)
7.48
(+0.2)
1317Alyn CamaraGER7.727.72
(0.0)
×
(-0.9)
7.69
(-0.8)
143Salim SdiriFRA7.717.71
(-0.3)
7.58
(-0.7)
5.75
(-0.9)
1520Louis TsatoumasGRE7.537.53
(-0.3)
7.48
(-1.1)
×
(-0.1)
162Štepán WagnerCZE7.507.39
(-0.5)
7.50
(+0.8)
7.47
(-0.6)
=1710Lin Ching-HsuanTPE7.387.38
(-1.5)
7.35
(+0.9)
×
(+0.6)
=175Supanara SuksawatTHA7.387.38
(-1.1)
×
(-0.4)
7.35
(+0.2)
199Boleslav Skhirt'ladzeGEO7.267.26
(+1.4)
6.95
(+0.4)
6.90
(+0.8)
204Zhang XiaoyiCHN7.257.25
(-1.9)
×
(-1.3)
×
(+0.1)
218Vardan PahlevanyanARM6.55×
(-0.1)
6.55
(-0.8)
×
(+1.5)

Qualifying Round, Group B (3 August 2012 — 19:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
18 DudaBRA8.118.07
(-0.1)
8.11
(-0.9)
215Chris TomlinsonGBR8.067.62
(-0.6)
8.06
(+0.8)
-
318Mitch WattAUS7.99×
(+0.1)
7.99
(+0.1)
-
44Sebastian BayerGER7.927.92
(-1.7)
7.88
(+0.7)
3.96
(-1.4)
56Aleksandr PetrovRUS7.897.67
(+0.1)
7.57
(-0.9)
7.89
(-0.7)
617Sergey MorgunovRUS7.87×
(-0.5)
7.87
(-1.4)
×
(+0.5)
721Ignisious GaisahGHA7.797.72
(-1.9)
7.79
(-0.2)
7.50
(+0.1)
811Li JinzheCHN7.777.59
(-0.6)
7.67
(-1.1)
7.77
(0.0)
914Raymond HiggsBAH7.76×
(-1.5)
7.76
(+0.9)
×
(-0.2)
1019Ndiss Kaba BadjiSEN7.667.66
(-1.7)
×
(-0.9)
7.64
(+1.0)
111Arsen SargsyanARM7.627.38
(-0.6)
7.62
(-0.2)
7.60
(-0.5)
122Povilas MykolaitisLTU7.61×
(-2.0)
×
(+0.7)
7.61
(-1.6)
1320Stanley GbagbekeNGR7.59×
(-1.3)
5.71
(-0.4)
7.59
(-2.3)
145Marcos ChuvaPOR7.55×
(+0.8)
7.55
(-0.2)
7.06
(-1.1)
157Viktor KuznietsovUKR7.507.43
(-2.1)
×
(0.0)
7.50
(-0.2)
169Luis RiveraMEX7.427.42
(-0.3)
×
(-0.3)
7.29
(-1.6)
1716Mohamed FathallaEGY7.08×
(-0.3)
7.08
(-1.9)
×
(+0.1)
1810Roman NovotnýCZE6.96×
(+0.1)
6.96
(-2.2)
×
(+1.2)
193George KitchensUSA6.84×
(0.0)
×
(-0.3)
6.84
(-0.1)
AC12Luis Felipe MélizESP×
(+0.2)
--NM
AC13Irving SaladinoPAN×
(0.0)
×
(+0.9)
×
(+0.1)
NM

Final Round (4 August 2012 — 19:55)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
15/8Greg RutherfordGBR8.316.28
(+1.0)
8.21
(-0.6)
8.14
(-0.6)
8.31
(-0.4)
×
(-0.3)
6.33
(-0.1)
24/4Mitch WattAUS8.16×
(-0.7)
7.97
(-1.2)
×
(+0.3)
×
(+0.8)
8.13
(-0.5)
8.16
(-0.2)
36/7Will ClayeUSA8.127.98
(+0.1)
8.07
(-1.8)
7.93
(-0.6)
8.12
(-0.2)
7.96
(-1.9)
×
(-0.7)
411/6Michel TornéusSWE8.117.63
(-1.1)
7.80
(-0.8)
8.07
(+0.8)
8.11
(-0.7)
8.07
(-0.4)
7.98
(-0.6)
51/3Sebastian BayerGER8.107.87
(-0.6)
×
(+0.5)
7.96
(-0.2)
8.10
(+0.4)
7.96
(-1.2)
7.98
(0.0)
610/5Chris TomlinsonGBR8.078.06
(+0.5)
7.87
(-0.4)
7.83
(-0.6)
8.07
(+0.2)
7.74
(+1.4)
7.76
(-0.1)
73/2 DudaBRA8.01×
(-1.5)
×
(-0.2)
7.96
(-1.6)
8.01
(-0.1)
×
(0.0)
×
(0.0)
87/1Godfrey Khotso MokoenaRSA7.937.93
(-2.3)
×
(-0.7)
7.62
(-0.4)
×
(-0.8)
×
(-0.7)
×
(-0.2)
92Henry FrayneAUS7.857.85
(-0.3)
×
(-1.1)
7.63
(+0.1)
109Marquise GoodwinUSA7.80×
(-0.1)
7.80
(+0.2)
7.76
(-1.1)
118Aleksandr MenkovRUS7.78×
(-0.1)
×
(-0.9)
7.78
(-0.9)
1212Tyrone SmithBER7.707.70
(+0.9)
×
(-1.0)
×
(+0.3)