Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

The men's triple jump was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 16, 1900. 13 athletes from six nations competed in the triple jump.[1] The event was won by Myer Prinstein of the United States, the nation's second consecutive victory in the men's triple jump. Prinstein became the first, and through the 2016 Games, only, person to have won both the long jump and the triple jump.[2] James Brendan Connolly took second, making him the first man to medal twice in the triple jump (he had won in 1896). Lewis Sheldon finished third, completing what would later be known as a medal sweep.

Men's triple jump
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Myer Prinstein
VenueBois de Boulogne
DatesJuly 16
Competitors13 from 6 nations
Winning distance14.47 OR
1st place, gold medalist(s) Myer Prinstein
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) James Brendan Connolly
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lewis Sheldon
 United States
← 1896
1904 →


This was the second appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. James Brendan Connolly of the United States, the defending champion, was the only jumper to return after the 1896 Games. There was no favorite as "the event was rarely held at that time" and was not even on the original program.[2]

Great Britain and Sweden each appeared for the first time in the event. France, Germany, Hungary, and the United States all appeared for the second time.

Competition formatEdit

There was a single round of jumping.[2]


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.

World record   Matthew Roseingreue (GBR) 15.26(*) Gort, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland 28 April 1900
Olympic record   James Brendan Connolly (USA) 13.71 Athens, Greece 6 April 1896 (NS)

(*) unofficial

Myer Prinstein set a new Olympic record with 14.47 metres.


Date Time Round
Monday, 16 July 1900 Final


Prinstein defeated the defending champion Connolly to win the second Olympic triple jump competition. Distances for most of the competitors are unknown, as are placings after sixth.

Rank Athlete Nation Distance Notes
  Myer Prinstein   United States 14.47 OR
  James Brendan Connolly   United States 13.97
  Lewis Sheldon   United States 13.64
4 Patrick Leahy   Great Britain Unknown
5 Albert Delannoy   France Unknown
6 Alexandre Tuffère   France Unknown
7–13 Daniel Horton   United States Unknown
Frank Jarvis   United States Unknown
Pál Koppán   Hungary Unknown
Eric Lemming   Sweden Unknown
John McLean   United States Unknown
Karl Staaf   Sweden Unknown
Waldemar Steffen   Germany Unknown


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Triple Jump". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Triple Jump, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 3 September 2020.