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Triple Jump, Men

Date29 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants25 from 18 countries
Olympic Record 17.39 WR / Viktor Saneyev URS / 17 October 1968

Prior to 1976, counting only individual events and not including the 1906 Olympics, only John Flanagan (hammer throw) and Al Oerter (discus throw) had ever won the same Olympic athletics event at three consecutive Olympics. Oerter, of course, did it four times. Viktor Saneyev was back in Montréal and was favored to duplicate the Flanagan feat. He was expected to be challenged by Brazil’s João Carlos de Oliveira who was the world record holder with 17.89 (58-8½), although that had been set at the altitude of Ciudad de México in winning the 1975 Pan-American Games. The first two rounds were led by Cuban Pedro Pérez, a former world record holder and Pan-Am champion, with 16.81 (55-2). Saneyev moved ahead in round three with 17.06 (55-11¾). But American James Butts responded with 17.18 (56-4½) in round four to take the lead. Saneyev bettered that in round five with 17.29 (56-8¾) which won him his third consecutive gold medal. De Oliveira had a lackluster meet, placing third with 16.90 (55-5½).

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1899Viktor SaneyevURS16.77 (2)17.29 (1)Gold
2915James ButtsUSA16.55 (5)17.18 (2)Silver
3118 João do PuloBRA16.81 (1)16.90 (3)Bronze
4229Pedro PérezCUB16.51 (7)16.81 (4)
5933Tommy HaynesUSA16.62 (4)16.78 (5)
6427Wolfgang KolmseeFRG16.68 (3)16.68 (6)
7704Eugeniusz BiskupskiPOL16.46 (9)16.49 (7)
8777Carol CorbuROU16.30 (12)16.43 (8)
9832Jiří VyčichloTCH16.54 (6)16.28 (9)
10284Pentti KuukasjärviFIN16.31 (11)16.23 (10)
11323Bernard LamitiéFRA16.39 (10)16.23 (11)
12920Rayfield DupreeUSA16.50 (8)16.23 (12)
13 r1/2715Michał JoachimowskiPOL16.29 (13)
14 r1/2119Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.22 (14)
15 r1/21004Valentyn ShevchenkoURS16.15 (15)
16 r1/2576Toshiaki InoueJPN16.06 (16)
17 r1/2978Janoš HegedišYUG16.03 (17)
18 r1/2246Ramón CidESP16.00 (18)
19 r1/2215Armando HerreraCUB15.98 (19)
20 r1/2736Andrzej SontagPOL15.82 (20)
21 r1/214Maxwell PetersANT14.94 (21)
22 r1/2464Apostolos KathiniotisGRE14.13 (22)
23 r1/236Mohamed Al-BouhairiKSA13.85 (23)
AC r1/2372Phil RobinsBAH– (AC)
AC r1/274Aston MooreGBR– (AC)

Qualifying Round (29 July 1976 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 16.30 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1 João do PuloBRA16.81Q
2Viktor SaneyevURS16.77Q
3Wolfgang KolmseeFRG16.68Q
4Tommy HaynesUSA16.62Q
5James ButtsUSA16.55Q
6Jiří VyčichloTCH16.54Q
7Pedro PérezCUB16.51Q
8Rayfield DupreeUSA16.50Q
9Eugeniusz BiskupskiPOL16.46Q
10Bernard LamitiéFRA16.39Q
11Pentti KuukasjärviFIN16.31Q
12Carol CorbuROU16.30Q
13Michał JoachimowskiPOL16.29
14Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.22
15Valentyn ShevchenkoURS16.15
16Toshiaki InoueJPN16.06
17Janoš HegedišYUG16.03
18Ramón CidESP16.00
19Armando HerreraCUB15.98
20Andrzej SontagPOL15.82
21Maxwell PetersANT14.94
22Apostolos KathiniotisGRE14.13
23Mohamed Al-BouhairiKSA13.85
ACAston MooreGBRNM
ACPhil RobinsBAHNM

Qualifying Round, Group A (29 July 1976)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
11 João do PuloBRA16.8116.81
(0.0)
--
27Viktor SaneyevURS16.7716.77
(+0.8)
--
312Tommy HaynesUSA16.6216.62
(0.0)
--
49James ButtsUSA16.5516.55
(0.0)
--
55Jiří VyčichloTCH16.54×16.00
(+0.8)
16.54
(0.0)
62Rayfield DupreeUSA16.5014.29
(0.0)
16.20
(+0.2)
16.50
(0.0)
710Bernard LamitiéFRA16.3916.39
(+0.2)
--
83Pentti KuukasjärviFIN16.3116.31
(+0.2)
--
96Michał JoachimowskiPOL16.2916.08
(0.0)
16.29
(+0.2)
×
108Nélson PrudêncioBRA16.2216.18
(0.0)
16.22
(0.0)
14.79
(0.0)
1111Armando HerreraCUB15.9815.98
(+0.2)
××
124Andrzej SontagPOL15.8215.72
(+0.2)
15.30
(0.0)
15.82
(0.0)

Qualifying Round, Group B (29 July 1976)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
14Wolfgang KolmseeFRG16.6816.68
(+0.3)
--
212Pedro PérezCUB16.5116.51
(0.0)
--
311Eugeniusz BiskupskiPOL16.4616.46
(0.0)
--
41Carol CorbuROU16.3016.30
(0.0)
--
513Valentyn ShevchenkoURS16.1516.15
(0.0)
15.97
(0.0)
16.00
(+0.3)
68Toshiaki InoueJPN16.0616.06
(0.0)
×15.99
(+0.6)
79Janoš HegedišYUG16.0315.50
(0.0)
16.03
(0.0)
16.00
(+0.8)
82Ramón CidESP16.0016.00
(+0.4)
××
93Maxwell PetersANT14.9414.94
(0.0)
××
105Apostolos KathiniotisGRE14.1314.13
(+0.9)
××
1110Mohamed Al-BouhairiKSA13.8513.85
(0.0)
××
AC6Aston MooreGBR×××NM
AC7Phil RobinsBAH×××NM

Final Round (30 July 1976 — 15:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
17Viktor SaneyevURS17.29×16.71
(0.0)
17.06
(0.0)
×17.29
(0.0)
×
28James ButtsUSA17.1816.69
(0.0)
16.76
(0.0)
14.80
(0.0)
17.18
(0.0)
16.55
(0.0)
16.61
(0.0)
34 João do PuloBRA16.90×16.15
(0.0)
16.85
(0.0)
14.91
(0.0)
16.69
(0.0)
16.90
(0.0)
411Pedro PérezCUB16.8116.81
(0.0)
16.24
(0.0)
16.48
(0.0)
16.47
(0.0)
××
53Tommy HaynesUSA16.7815.46
(0.0)
×16.68
(0.0)
16.78
(0.0)
16.71
(0.0)
16.71
(0.0)
610Wolfgang KolmseeFRG16.6816.23
(0.0)
×16.68
(0.0)
16.58
(0.0)
16.31
(0.0)
×
71Eugeniusz BiskupskiPOL16.4915.91
(0.0)
×16.49
(0.0)
×15.79
(0.0)
×
86Carol CorbuROU16.4316.07
(0.0)
16.18
(0.0)
16.43
(0.0)
×16.00
(0.0)
×
912Jiří VyčichloTCH16.28××16.28
(0.0)
105Pentti KuukasjärviFIN16.2316.15
(0.0)
16.14
(0.0)
16.23
(0.0)
112Bernard LamitiéFRA16.23×16.23
(0.0)
15.93
(0.0)
129Rayfield DupreeUSA16.23×16.23
(0.0)
15.90
(0.0)