Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump

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Men's long jump
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
William Pettersson, vainqueur du saut en longueur aux JO de 1920.jpg
William Petersson
VenueOlympisch Stadion
DatesAugust 17–18
Competitors29 from 11 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) William Petersson
 Sweden
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Carl Johnson
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Erik Abrahamsson
 Sweden
← 1912
1924 →

The men's long jump event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Tuesday, August 17, 1920, and on Wednesday, August 18, 1920. 29 long jumpers from eleven nations competed.[1] No nation had more than 4 runners, suggesting the limit had been reduced from the 12 maximum in force in 1908 and 1912. The event was won by William Petersson of Sweden, the first time an athlete not from the United States took gold in the long jump.

Background[edit]

This was the sixth appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. None of the jumpers from the pre-war 1912 Games returned. Sol Butler of the United States was the favorite; he had jumped 7.52 metres to win the U.S. Olympic trials.[2]

Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Monaco, and Switzerland each made their first appearance in the event. The United States appeared for the sixth time, the only nation to have long jumpers at each of the Games so far.

Competition format[edit]

The 1920 format continued to use the two-round format used in 1900 and since 1908. The number of finalists expanded from 3 in previous Games to 6 in 1920. Each jumper had three jumps in the qualifying round; finalists received an additional three jumps, with qualifying round jumps still counting if the final jumps were not better.[2]

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World record  Peter O'Connor (GBR) 7.61 Dublin, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 5 August 1901
Olympic record  Albert Gutterson (USA) 7.60 Stockholm, Sweden 12 July 1912

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 17 August 1920 9:00 Qualifying
Wednesday, 18 August 1920 15:45 Final

Results[edit]

The best six long jumpers qualified for the final.

Rank Athlete Nation Qualifying Final Best mark
Distance Rank
1st place, gold medalist(s) William Petersson  Sweden 6.940 1 7.150 7.150
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Carl Johnson  United States 6.820 3 7.095 7.095
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Erik Abrahamsson  Sweden 6.860 2 7.080 7.080
4 Dink Templeton  United States 6.670 5 6.950 6.950
5 Erling Aastad  Norway 6.620 6 6.885 6.885
6 Rolf Franksson  Sweden 6.730 4 Unknown 6.730
7 Sol Butler  United States 6.600 7 Did not advance 6.600
8 Einar Ræder  Norway 6.585 8 Did not advance 6.585
9 Gösta Bladin  Sweden 6.570 9 Did not advance 6.570
10 Johan Johannesen  Norway 6.565 10 Did not advance 6.565
11 John Merchant  United States 6.500 11 Did not advance 6.500
Eugène Coulon  France 6.500 11 Did not advance 6.500
13 William Hunter  Great Britain 6.420 13 Did not advance 6.420
14 Marcel Orfidan  France 6.390 14 Did not advance 6.390
15 Hans Kindler  Switzerland 6.340 15 Did not advance 6.340
16 Eero Lehtonen  Finland 6.285 16 Did not advance 6.285
17 Charles Courtin  France 6.230 17 Did not advance 6.230
18 Gustave De Bruyne  Belgium 6.200 18 Did not advance 6.200
19 Hugo Lahtinen  Finland 6.190 19 Did not advance 6.190
20 Harold Abrahams  Great Britain 6.050 20 Did not advance 6.050
21 Edmond Médécin  Monaco 6.035 21 Did not advance 6.035
22 Charles Lively  Great Britain 5.870 22 Did not advance 5.870
23 Henri Pleger  Luxembourg 5.815 23 Did not advance 5.815
24 Jean Lefèvre  Belgium 5.790 24 Did not advance 5.790
25 Julien Lehouck  Belgium 5.760 25 Did not advance 5.760
26 František Šretr  Czechoslovakia 5.550 26 Did not advance 5.550
27 Charles Guézille  France 5.485 27 Did not advance 5.485
28 Paul Hammer  Luxembourg 5.450 28 Did not advance 5.450
29 Nicolas Kanivé  Luxembourg 5.415 29 Did not advance 5.415
Gustave Remouet  France DNS Did not advance
Alexis Soulignac  France DNS Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games: Men's Long Jump". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Long Jump, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 1 September 2020.

Sources[edit]

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French).
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 23 August 2007.