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

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.

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 →

BackgroundEdit

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 formatEdit

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]

RecordsEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

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

ResultsEdit

The best six long jumpers qualified for the final.

Rank Athlete Nation Qualifying Final Best mark
Distance Rank
  William Petersson   Sweden 6.940 1 7.150 7.150
  Carl Johnson   United States 6.820 3 7.095 7.095
  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

ReferencesEdit

  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.

SourcesEdit

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