Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

The men's triple jump was one of four jumping events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. There were 7 competitors from 5 nations in the triple jump, then known as the "hop, skip, and jump" despite the wide range of techniques used by the competitors. The event was held on 6 April, immediately after the first heats of the 100 metre race. Since there was only one round of the triple jump, the winner was crowned as the first modern Olympic champion.[1]

Men's triple jump
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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James B. Connolly won the triple jump and became the first Olympic Champion since the 4th century AD
VenuePanathinaiko Stadium
DatesApril 6
Competitors7 from 5 nations
Winning distance13.71 OR
1st place, gold medalist(s) James Brendan Connolly
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alexandre Tuffèri
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Ioannis Persakis
1900 →


This was the first appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. There were 11 entrants, but only 7 men actually started.[2][3]

Competition formatEdit

There was a single round of jumping. There were no rules on the jumps allowed. "The styles of the medalists were described in The Field as follows: Connolly took two hops on his right foot and then a jump; Tuffèri performed a hop, step and a jump in the standard English method; and Persakis used two steps and a jump."[2][3]


There were no standing world records (the IAAF began ratifying records in 1912) or Olympic records (as this was the first Games) before the event. James Brendan Connolly set the initial Olympic record at 13.71 metres.


The exact time of the contest is not known; it was the second event of the Games. The first day began with the arrival of the King and a brief opening ceremony at 3 p.m., followed by the first round of the 100 metres before the triple jump began.

Date Time Round
Gregorian Julian
Monday, 6 April 1896 Monday, 25 March 1896 Final


Rank Athlete Nation Distance Notes
  James Brendan Connolly   United States 13.71 OR
  Alexandre Tuffèri   France 12.70
  Ioannis Persakis   Greece 12.52
4 Alajos Szokolyi   Hungary 11.26
5 Carl Schuhmann   Germany Unknown
6–7 Fritz Hofmann   Germany Unknown
Khristos Zoumis   Greece Unknown
Alfred Flatow   Germany DNS
Adolphe Grisel   France DNS
Pál Péthy   Hungary DNS
Friedrich Traun   Germany DNS


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athens Summer Games: Men's Triple Jump". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Triple Jump, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b Official Report, pp. 62–63.