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Triple Jump, Men

Date3 – 4 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants36 from 28 countries
Olympic Record 17.39 WR / Viktor Saneyev URS / 17 October 1968

In 1971, Jörg Drehmel had surprised Viktor Saneyev by defeating him at the European Championships. They were the favorites in München. Cuba’s Pedro Pérez was the world record holder, having jumped 17.40 (57-1) to win the 1971 Pan-American Games, but that was the day of his life. He never again reproduced that form, and would finish only 24th in the qualifying in München, not making the final. In the final, Saneyev opened with a windy 17.35 (56-11¼) and that would hold up for the gold medal. Drehmel moved into second in round two with 17.02 (55-10¼) and would improve to 17.31 (56-9½) in the fifth round. The 1968 silver medalist, Nelson Prudêncio, was in second after round one, and in third the rest of the way, but also improved in the final round with 17.05 (55-11¼) to win his second consecutive Olympic medal. A month after the Olympics, Saneyev broke Pérez’s world record, jumping 17.44 (57-2¾).

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1952Viktor SaneyevURS16.85 (1)17.35w (1)Gold
2323Jörg DrehmelGDR16.57 (2)17.31 (2)Silver
373Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.42 (7)17.05 (3)Bronze
4777Carol CorbuROU16.51 (4)16.85w (4)
5979John CraftUSA16.32 (10)16.83 (5)
6789Mansour DiaSEN16.55 (3)16.83w (6)
7720Michał JoachimowskiPOL16.43 (6)16.69 (7)
8677Kristen FløgstadNOR16.41 (8)16.44 (8)
9926Mikhail BaribanURS16.26 (11)16.30 (9)
10253Bernard LamitiéFRA16.24 (12)16.27w (10)
11663Samuel IgunNGR16.33 (9)16.03 (11)
12555Toshiaki InoueJPN16.49 (5)15.88 (12)
13 r1/2458Gábor KatonaHUN16.19 (13)
14 r1/2554Kosei GushikenJPN16.19 (14)
15 r1/2929Gennady BessonovURS16.18 (15)
16 r1/2522Giuseppe GentileITA16.04 (16)
17 r1/2218Esa RinneFIN15.98 (17)
18 r1/2873Václav FišerTCH15.96 (18)
19 r1/2343Heinz-Günter SchenkGDR15.91 (19)
20 r1/232Mick McGrathAUS15.90 (20)
21 r1/2417Johnson AmoahGHA15.84 (21)
22 r1/2915Abraham MunabiUGA15.82 (22)
23 r1/2425Moise PomaneyGHA15.72 (23)
24 r1/2142Pedro PérezCUB15.72 (24)
25 r1/21055Milan SpasojevićYUG15.69 (25)
26 r1/2560Yukito MurakiJPN15.59 (26)
27 r1/244Tim BarrettBAH15.51 (27)
28 r1/2767Wilfredo MaisonavePUR15.38 (28)
29 r1/21027Art WalkerUSA15.29 (29)
30 r1/2584Patrick OnyangoKEN14.74 (30)
31 r1/2771Chen Ming-ChiTPE14.73 (31)
32 r1/21017Dave SmithUSA14.55 (32)
33 r1/222Ghazi Saleh MarzoukKSA13.82 (33)
34 r1/2632Martin MatupiMAW13.57 (34)
AC r1/2477Mohinder Singh GillIND– (AC)
AC r1/2545Henry JacksonJAM– (AC)
DNS145Christoph ChodatonBEN– (DNS)
DNS890Martin AdounaTOG– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (3 September 1972 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 16.20 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Viktor SaneyevURS16.85Q
2Jörg DrehmelGDR16.57Q
3Mansour DiaSEN16.55Q
4Carol CorbuROU16.51Q
5Toshiaki InoueJPN16.49Q
6Michał JoachimowskiPOL16.43Q
7Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.42Q
8Kristen FløgstadNOR16.41Q
9Samuel IgunNGR16.33Q
10John CraftUSA16.32Q
11Mikhail BaribanURS16.26Q
12Bernard LamitiéFRA16.24Q
13Gábor KatonaHUN16.1915.43
14Kosei GushikenJPN16.19
15Gennady BessonovURS16.18
16Giuseppe GentileITA16.04
17Esa RinneFIN15.98
18Václav FišerTCH15.96
19Heinz-Günter SchenkGDR15.91
20Mick McGrathAUS15.90
21Johnson AmoahGHA15.84
22Abraham MunabiUGA15.82
23Moise PomaneyGHA15.7215.31
24Pedro PérezCUB15.7214.85
25Milan SpasojevićYUG15.69
26Yukito MurakiJPN15.59
27Tim BarrettBAH15.51
28Wilfredo MaisonavePUR15.38
29Art WalkerUSA15.29
30Patrick OnyangoKEN14.74
31Chen Ming-ChiTPE14.73
32Dave SmithUSA14.55
33Ghazi Saleh MarzoukKSA13.82
34Martin MatupiMAW13.57
ACHenry JacksonJAMNM
ACMohinder Singh GillINDNM
DNSChristoph ChodatonBEN
DNSMartin AdounaTOG

Qualifying Round, Group A (3 September 1972)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
115Jörg DrehmelGDR16.5716.57--
24Mansour DiaSEN16.5516.55--
314Carol CorbuROU16.5115.5915.9216.51
49Toshiaki InoueJPN16.4916.0116.1916.49
511Kristen FløgstadNOR16.41×16.41-
62Samuel IgunNGR16.3315.19×16.33
713Mikhail BaribanURS16.2616.0916.1216.26
816Bernard LamitiéFRA16.2416.24--
919Gennady BessonovURS16.1816.1015.9516.18
103Esa RinneFIN15.9815.4915.9815.76
111Mick McGrathAUS15.9015.4015.9015.32
1218Johnson AmoahGHA15.8415.7915.6915.84
138Milan SpasojevićYUG15.6915.6315.6915.33
1410Yukito MurakiJPN15.5915.5315.59×
157Dave SmithUSA14.55×14.55×
166Ghazi Saleh MarzoukKSA13.8213.8213.4113.51
175Martin MatupiMAW13.5713.57×13.34
AC17Henry JacksonJAM×××NM
AC12Mohinder Singh GillIND×××NM

Qualifying Round, Group B (3 September 1972)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
111Viktor SaneyevURS16.8516.85--
217Michał JoachimowskiPOL16.4316.43--
33Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.42××16.42
414John CraftUSA16.3215.7816.0916.32
51Gábor KatonaHUN16.1916.1915.4314.89
612Kosei GushikenJPN16.1916.19××
716Giuseppe GentileITA16.0415.79×16.04
87Václav FišerTCH15.9615.9615.7515.75
918Heinz-Günter SchenkGDR15.9115.5415.9115.41
1015Abraham MunabiUGA15.8214.7215.82×
1113Moise PomaneyGHA15.7215.7215.1815.31
125Pedro PérezCUB15.7215.7214.85×
1319Tim BarrettBAH15.5115.5115.43×
144Wilfredo MaisonavePUR15.3814.0714.7715.38
159Art WalkerUSA15.29×15.29×
168Patrick OnyangoKEN14.74××14.74
176Chen Ming-ChiTPE14.73×14.7314.11
DNS10Christoph ChodatonBEN
DNS2Martin AdounaTOG

Final Round (4 September 1972 — 16:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
17Viktor SaneyevURS17.35w17.35w
(+2.2)
16.71
(-1.2)
17.19
(-0.3)
×16.98w
(+2.3)
×
28Jörg DrehmelGDR17.31×17.02
(+0.2)
××17.31
(+1.5)
15.34w
(+2.6)
35Nélson PrudêncioBRA17.0516.87
(0.0)
16.61
(+0.5)
16.35
(-0.6)
16.88w
(+2.7)
×17.05
(+1.4)
41Carol CorbuROU16.85w16.62
(0.0)
16.85w
(+3.2)
16.40
(+0.5)
×13.72
(+0.7)
×
53John CraftUSA16.8316.77
(+0.4)
16.75
(+1.7)
16.83
(+1.9)
16.26
(+1.7)
--
64Mansour DiaSEN16.83w16.77
(+0.3)
16.83w
(+2.4)
××16.15
(+0.9)
×
79Michał JoachimowskiPOL16.6916.69
(+1.4)
×14.62
(+1.6)
14.98
(+0.2)
××
86Kristen FløgstadNOR16.44×16.44
(0.0)
××15.97
(+1.9)
×
911Mikhail BaribanURS16.30×16.30
(+1.6)
15.96
(+1.0)
102Bernard LamitiéFRA16.27w16.22
(+1.0)
15.88
(+0.2)
16.27w
(+4.0)
1112Samuel IgunNGR16.03×15.79
(+0.3)
16.03
(+1.2)
1210Toshiaki InoueJPN15.8815.88
(+1.7)
××