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Triple Jump, Men

Date27 November 1956
StatusOlympic
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Participants32 from 20 countries

Adhemar da Silva was defending champion and the world record holder with 16.56 (54-4), set in winning the 1955 Pan-American Games (at altitude in Ciudad de México). Silver medalist from 1952, Leonid Shcherbakov, the 1950-54 European Champion, was still considered dangerous. The round one leader was a shocker – Bill Sharpe of the United States who broke the American record with 15.88 (52-1¼), which would eventually place him fourth. Another surprise came in round two when Iceland’s Vilhjálmur Einarsson leapt 16.26 (53-4¼). da Silva came thru in round four with 16.35 (53-7¾), which held up for the gold medal, Einarsson winning silver. Unheralded Soviet Vitold Kreyer won the bronze medal with 16.02 (52-6¾), set in round three.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1331Adhemar da SilvaBRA15.15 (11)16.35 (1)GoldOR
2638Vilhjálmur EinarssonISL15.16 (=9)16.26w (2)Silver
3355Vitold KreyerURS15.38 (5)16.02 (3)Bronze
4351Bill SharpeUSA15.16 (=9)15.88 (4)
5332Martin ŘehákTCH14.97 (13)15.85w (5)
6353Leonid ShcherbakovURS15.59 (2)15.80 (6)
7340Koji SakuraiJPN15.49w (3)15.73 (7)
8341Teruji KogakeJPN15.63w (1)15.64 (8)
9337Ken WilmshurstGBR14.89 (19)15.54 (9)
10349Ryszard MalcherczykPOL14.84 (21)15.54w (10)
11350Ira DavisUSA14.93 (=16)15.40 (11)
12352George ShawUSA15.23 (7)15.33 (12)
13369Hiroshi ShibataJPN15.27 (6)15.25 (13)
14334Kari RahkamoFIN15.43w (4)15.21 (14)
15338Mohinder SinghIND14.93 (15)15.20 (15)
16336Éric BattistaFRA14.99 (12)15.15 (16)
17343Paul EngoNGR14.81 (22)15.03 (17)
18333Tapio LehtoFIN15.21 (8)14.91w (18)
19335Hannu RantalaFIN14.92 (18)14.87 (19)
20357Lawrence OgwangUGA14.95 (14)14.72 (20)
21342Choi Yeong-GiKOR14.86 (20)14.65 (21)
AC r2/2344Peter EsiriNGR14.93 (=16)– (AC)
23 r1/2329Brian OliverAUS14.74 (23)
24 r1/2345Gabuh bin PigingNBO14.55 (24)
25 r1/2630Ronald GrayAUS14.46 (25)
26 r1/2287Wu Chun-TsaiTPE14.36 (26)
27 r1/2330Maurice RichAUS14.26 (27)
28 r1/2346Sium bin DiauNBO14.09 (28)
29 r1/2286Walter HerssensBEL14.05 (29)
30 r1/2347Muhammad Ramzan AliPAK13.90 (30)
31 r1/2348Muhammad RashidPAK13.53 (31)
AC r1/243Tan Eng YoonSGP– (AC)
DNS356Yevgeny ChenURS– (DNS)
DNS339Abdul Sattar Abdul RazzakIRQ– (DNS)
DNS636Asnoldo DevonishVEN– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (27 November 1956 — 10:00)

All those reaching 14.80 metres advanced to the final.

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
127Teruji KogakeJPN15.63w15.63w--Q
28Leonid ShcherbakovURS15.5915.59--Q
330Koji SakuraiJPN15.49w15.49w--Q
429Kari RahkamoFIN15.43w15.43w
(+4.4)
--Q
531Vitold KreyerURS15.3815.38--Q
624Hiroshi ShibataJPN15.2715.27--Q
722George ShawUSA15.2314.7915.23-Q
826Tapio LehtoFIN15.2114.6713.3415.21Q
=921Vilhjálmur EinarssonISL15.1615.16--Q
=912Bill SharpeUSA15.1615.16--Q
1115Adhemar da SilvaBRA15.1515.15--Q
1213Éric BattistaFRA14.9914.99--Q
1317Martin ŘehákTCH14.9714.97--Q
1420Lawrence OgwangUGA14.9514.7614.3114.95Q
156Mohinder SinghIND14.9314.6614.93-Q
=1632Ira DavisUSA14.9314.93--Q
=1634Peter EsiriNGR14.9314.93--Q
1814Hannu RantalaFIN14.9214.4514.92-Q
1910Ken WilmshurstGBR14.8914.89--Q
2011Choi Yeong-GiKOR14.8614.86--Q
215Ryszard MalcherczykPOL14.8414.84--Q
2218Paul EngoNGR14.8114.81--Q
2328Brian OliverAUS14.7414.3714.0814.74
247Gabuh bin PigingNBO14.5514.4714.55
(0.0)
×
254Ronald GrayAUS14.4614.3714.46
(0.0)
14.31
263Wu Chun-TsaiTPE14.36×14.36
(0.0)
×
2716Maurice RichAUS14.2614.26
(+0.5)
13.7613.91
2835Sium bin DiauNBO14.0913.9913.5614.09
(0.0)
299Walter HerssensBEL14.0514.05
(-1.2)
13.99-
3033Muhammad Ramzan AliPAK13.90××13.90
(0.0)
312Muhammad RashidPAK13.5313.0013.53
(0.0)
13.35
AC19Tan Eng YoonSGP×××NM
DNS23Yevgeny ChenURS
DNS25Abdul Sattar Abdul RazzakIRQ
DNS1Asnoldo DevonishVEN

Final Round (27 November 1956 — 14:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
19Adhemar da SilvaBRA16.3515.6916.0415.9016.35
(0.0)
16.2616.21OR
213Vilhjálmur EinarssonISL16.26w×16.26w
(+4.0)
15.81
(+1.4)
×15.61-
320Vitold KreyerURS16.0215.83×16.02
(0.0)
15.51××
46Bill SharpeUSA15.8815.88
(0.0)
×
(0.0)
14.15---
510Martin ŘehákTCH15.85w15.58×15.85w
(+5.0)
×15.1015.63
63Leonid ShcherbakovURS15.8015.75×15.58×15.8015.12
719Koji SakuraiJPN15.7315.7315.59
(+0.5)
15.29
817Teruji KogakeJPN15.6415.64
(+1.6)
14.7115.01
94Ken WilmshurstGBR15.5415.4215.54
(0.0)
15.09
101Ryszard MalcherczykPOL15.54w15.54w
(+3.2)
15.2615.41
(-2.8)
1121Ira DavisUSA15.4014.16×15.40
(0.0)
1214George ShawUSA15.3315.33
(-2.7)
××
1315Hiroshi ShibataJPN15.2515.25
(0.0)
14.85×
1418Kari RahkamoFIN15.2115.21
(+0.2)
××
152Mohinder SinghIND15.2015.20
(0.0)
××
167Éric BattistaFRA15.1515.15
(0.0)
15.03×
1711Paul EngoNGR15.0314.9815.03
(+1.8)
14.87
1816Tapio LehtoFIN14.91w14.63
(+0.4)
14.91×
198Hannu RantalaFIN14.8714.6514.87
(+1.3)
14.87
2012Lawrence OgwangUGA14.7214.1914.72
(0.0)
14.15
215Choi Yeong-GiKOR14.6514.65
(0.0)
××
AC22Peter EsiriNGR××-NM