Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump
|Men's long jump|
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
|Competitors||27 from 19 nations|
George Brown came into the Olympics having been the best long jumper in the world for the previous 3 years and the third man to jump 8 meters ever. But Brown's 41 competition win streak ended at the US Olympic Trials, where he barely qualified for Helsinki. In wet conditions, everyone was having trouble with their run up.
In the first round Meredith "Flash" Gourdine took the early lead with a 7.38m. Jerome Biffle, a former NCAA Champion at the University of Denver, was in second place with 7.21m and Ary de Sá was in third with 7.15m. In the second round Ödön Földessy jumped into second place with a 7.23m. In the third round the medals were decided, Gourdine getting a 7.53m to extend his lead, then Biffle carefully came down the runway to leap 7.57 m (24 ft 10 in) to take the lead. That 7.57 would be well within Brown's range but he and Henk Visser failed to get a legal jump in. Biffle also was unable to get another jump in, while Gourdine made three solid attempts but was unable to improve his mark, giving Biffle the gold. Földessy got off a 7.30m in the fifth round to assure himself the bronze medal while de Sá tied Földessy's 7.23 and would have had the tie breaking edge without the 7.30.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Jesse Owens (United States)||8.13 m||Ann Arbor, United States||25 May 1935|
|Olympic record||Jesse Owens (USA)||8.06 m||Berlin, Germany||4 August 1936|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
Qualifying Performance 7.20 (Q) or at least 13 best performers (q) advance to the Final.
|1||A||Meredith Gourdine||United States||7.41||Q|
|2||A||Jerome Biffle||United States||7.40||Q|
|3||B||Neville Price||South Africa||7.36||Q|
|4||A||George Brown||United States||7.32||Q|
|6||A||Ary de Sá||Brazil||7.24||Q|
|=12||A||Leonid Grigoryev||Soviet Union||7.09||q|
|22||A||Nikolay Andryushchenko||Soviet Union||6.74|
|23||B||Geraldo de Oliveira||Brazil||6.71|
|B||Khandadash Madatov||Soviet Union||NM|
|Jerome Biffle||United States||7.21||x||7.57||x||x||x||7.57|
|Meredith Gourdine||United States||7.38||6.58||7.53||7.49||7.36||7.51||7.53|
|4||Ary de Sá||Brazil||7.15||6.77||7.06||7.22||7.20||7.23||7.23|
|6||Leonid Grigoryev||Soviet Union||x||7.14||6.92||5.55||x||6.67||7.14|
|11||Neville Price||South Africa||6.40||x||x||6.40|
|George Brown||United States||x||x||x||NM|
NM — No Mark
- "Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Long Jump". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
- Official Olympic Report, la84.org.