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Triple Jump, Men

Date16 – 17 October 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants34 from 24 countries

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.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1822Viktor SaneyevURS16.22 (7)17.39 (1)GoldWR
2151Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.46 (4)17.27 (2)SilverWR
3508Giuseppe GentileITA17.10 (1)17.22 (3)BronzeWR
4315Art WalkerUSA16.49 (3)17.12w (4)
5801Nikolay DudkinURS16.15 (13)17.09w (5)
6110Phil MayAUS16.32 (5)17.02 (6)
7680Józef SzmidtPOL16.19 (11)16.89 (7)
8707Mansour DiaSEN16.58 (2)16.73w (8)
9157Georgi StoykovskiBUL16.24 (6)16.46 (9)
10462Henrik KalocsaiHUN16.16 (12)16.45 (10)
1126Joachim KuglerFRG16.20 (10)15.90 (11)
12243Luis Felipe AretaESP16.20 (9)15.75 (12)
13704Șerban CiochinăROU16.21 (8)15.62 (13)
14 r1/2669Jan JaskólskiPOL16.04 (14)
15 r1/242Michael SauerFRG16.02 (15)
16 r1/2389Derek BooseyGBR16.01 (16)
17 r1/2310Norm TateUSA15.84 (17)
18 r1/2339Pertti PousiFIN15.84 (18)
19 r1/2546Yukito MurakiJPN15.83 (19)
20 r1/2124Tim BarrettBAH15.79 (20)
21 r1/2305Dave SmithUSA15.75 (21)
22 r1/2443Evangelos VlasisGRE15.71 (22)
23 r1/2385Fred AlsopGBR15.71 (23)
24 r1/2378Johnson AmoahGHA15.65 (24)
25 r1/2786Aşkın TunaTUR15.65 (25)
26 r1/285Heinz-Günter SchenkGDR15.61 (26)
27 r1/2461Dragán IvanovHUN15.61 (27)
28 r1/2640Samuel IgunNGR15.46 (28)
29 r1/2637Aleksandr ZolotarevURS15.41 (29)
30 r1/2527Lennox BurgherJAM15.29 (30)
31 r1/2762Chen Ming-ChiTPE15.29 (31)
32 r1/279Klaus NeumannGDR15.16 (32)
33 r1/2693Héctor SerratePUR15.09 (33)
34 r1/2456Zoltán CziffraHUN15.04 (34)
DNS481Labh SinghIND– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (16 October 1968 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 16.10 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Giuseppe GentileITA17.10QWR
2Mansour DiaSEN16.58Q
3Art WalkerUSA16.49Q
4Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.46Q
5Phil MayAUS16.32Q
6Georgi StoykovskiBUL16.24Q
7Viktor SaneyevURS16.22Q
8Șerban CiochinăROU16.21Q
9Luis Felipe AretaESP16.2015.94Q
10Joachim KuglerFRG16.2015.79Q
11Józef SzmidtPOL16.19Q
12Henrik KalocsaiHUN16.16Q
13Nikolay DudkinURS16.15Q
14Jan JaskólskiPOL16.04
15Michael SauerFRG16.02
16Derek BooseyGBR16.01
17Norm TateUSA15.8415.83
18Pertti PousiFIN15.8415.74
19Yukito MurakiJPN15.83
20Tim BarrettBAH15.79
21Dave SmithUSA15.75
22Evangelos VlasisGRE15.7115.52
23Fred AlsopGBR15.7115.50
24Johnson AmoahGHA15.6515.65
25Aşkın TunaTUR15.6515.28
26Heinz-Günter SchenkGDR15.6114.72
27Dragán IvanovHUN15.6114.42
28Samuel IgunNGR15.46
29Aleksandr ZolotarevURS15.41
30Lennox BurgherJAM15.2915.20
31Chen Ming-ChiTPE15.2915.04
32Klaus NeumannGDR15.16
33Héctor SerratePUR15.09
34Zoltán CziffraHUN15.04
DNSLabh SinghIND

Qualifying Round, Group A (16 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
117Giuseppe GentileITA17.10×17.10
(0.0)
-WR
27Phil MayAUS16.3216.32
(0.0)
--
31Șerban CiochinăROU16.2115.93
(0.0)
16.07
(0.0)
16.21
(0.0)
411Józef SzmidtPOL16.19×16.19
(0.0)
-
55Michael SauerFRG16.0215.61
(0.0)
16.02
(0.0)
15.84
(+1.0)
64Derek BooseyGBR16.0115.07
(0.0)
15.99
(0.0)
16.01
(+1.6)
79Norm TateUSA15.8413.43
(0.0)
15.84
(0.0)
15.83
(0.0)
88Yukito MurakiJPN15.83×15.37
(0.0)
15.83
(0.0)
912Tim BarrettBAH15.79×15.06
(0.0)
15.79
(0.0)
1010Dave SmithUSA15.75××15.75
(0.0)
112Evangelos VlasisGRE15.7115.47
(0.0)
15.52
(0.0)
15.71
(0.0)
1214Samuel IgunNGR15.4615.40
(0.0)
13.86
(0.0)
15.46
(0.0)
1313Aleksandr ZolotarevURS15.4115.41
(0.0)
14.72
(0.0)
×
1416Chen Ming-ChiTPE15.2915.29
(0.0)
15.04
(0.0)
14.76
(0.0)
156Klaus NeumannGDR15.1615.16
(0.0)
×-
1615Zoltán CziffraHUN15.0415.04
(0.0)
×-
DNS3Labh SinghIND

Qualifying Round, Group B (16 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
118Mansour DiaSEN16.5816.58
(0.0)
--
217Art WalkerUSA16.4916.49
(0.0)
--
37Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.4615.79
(-2.0)
16.46
(0.0)
-
411Georgi StoykovskiBUL16.2415.26
(0.0)
×16.24
(0.0)
54Viktor SaneyevURS16.2216.22
(0.0)
--
61Luis Felipe AretaESP16.2015.94
(0.0)
16.20
(0.0)
-
713Joachim KuglerFRG16.2015.79
(0.0)
16.20
(0.0)
-
810Henrik KalocsaiHUN16.1615.44
(0.0)
16.16
(0.0)
-
98Nikolay DudkinURS16.1515.81
(0.0)
16.15
(0.0)
-
106Jan JaskólskiPOL16.0415.88
(0.0)
15.83
(0.0)
16.04
(0.0)
113Pertti PousiFIN15.84×15.84
(0.0)
15.74
(0.0)
1216Fred AlsopGBR15.7112.93
(0.0)
15.71
(0.0)
15.50
(0.0)
139Johnson AmoahGHA15.6515.65
(0.0)
15.28
(0.0)
15.65
(0.0)
142Aşkın TunaTUR15.6515.65
(0.0)
×15.43
(0.0)
1514Heinz-Günter SchenkGDR15.61×14.72
(0.0)
15.61
(0.0)
1612Dragán IvanovHUN15.6115.61
(0.0)
×14.42
(0.0)
175Lennox BurgherJAM15.2915.20
(0.0)
15.29
(0.0)
15.14
(0.0)
1815Héctor SerratePUR15.0915.09
(0.0)
15.05
(+1.8)
14.89
(0.0)

Final Round (17 October 1968 — 15:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
19Viktor SaneyevURS17.3916.49
(0.0)
16.84
(+1.0)
17.23
(+2.0)
17.02
(0.0)
16.81w
(+3.0)
17.39
(+2.0)
WR
24Nélson PrudêncioBRA17.2716.33
(0.0)
17.05
(+1.8)
16.75
(0.0)
×17.27
(+2.0)
17.15
(+1.8)
WR
311Giuseppe GentileITA17.2217.22
(0.0)
×××16.54w
(+4.2)
×WR
410Art WalkerUSA17.12w15.43
(0.0)
16.45
(0.0)
16.77w
(+2.9)
16.48
(0.0)
×17.12w
(+2.5)
52Nikolay DudkinURS17.09w16.15
(+1.0)
16.70
(+2.0)
16.37w
(+3.0)
16.73w
(+2.3)
17.09w
(+3.0)
16.53w
(+3.0)
68Phil MayAUS17.0215.48
(0.0)
16.58
(0.0)
16.51
(+1.9)
17.02
(+2.0)
×-
75Józef SzmidtPOL16.8916.06
(0.0)
16.77
(0.0)
×16.66
(+2.0)
×16.89
(+1.8)
83Mansour DiaSEN16.73w16.71
(0.0)
16.48
(+1.0)
15.44
(0.0)
16.73w
(+3.8)
16.64w
(+3.0)
15.83
(+1.9)
91Georgi StoykovskiBUL16.4616.28
(0.0)
16.46
(0.0)
16.19w
(+3.0)
1012Henrik KalocsaiHUN16.4516.45
(+2.0)
16.39
(+0.6)
16.20
(+1.9)
116Joachim KuglerFRG15.9012.87
(0.0)
×15.90
(0.0)
127Luis Felipe AretaESP15.7515.72
(0.0)
15.75
(0.0)
14.80
(0.0)
1313Șerban CiochinăROU15.62××15.62
(+2.0)