Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump
|Men's long jump|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Date||12–13 August 2016|
|Competitors||32 from 23 nations|
|Winning distance||8.38 m|
Greg Rutherford entered as the 2012 Olympic champion and was also the reigning 2015 World Champion and 2016 European champion. American Jarrion Lawson was the top ranked athlete before the Olympics with his jump of 8.58 m and the next best entrant Michel Tornéus was European runner-up to Rutherford. Other strong entrants were Rushwal Samaai, Americans Mike Hartfield and Jeff Henderson, and 2015 world medallists Fabrice Lapierre and Wang Jianan.
The only two automatic qualifiers were the round winners: Henderson in 8.20 m and Wang in 8.24 m. In a low quality display only four athletes went beyond eight metres. Defending champion Rutherford narrowly reached the final in tenth place after two fouls and a moderate third jump. Tornéus of Sweden was eliminated, as was American Hartfield, both failing to go beyond 7.70 m.
From the first jumps the top four separated from the rest. Greg Rutherford jumped 8.18 m, Luvo Manyonga 8.16 m, Jeff Henderson 8.20 m, then Jarrion Lawson 8.19 m, all four within four centimetres at a distance no other jumper would match. In the third round Rutherford took the lead briefly with 8.22 m until Lawson bettered him with 8.25 m. In the fourth round, Manyonga took the lead with 8.28 m, then Rutherford moved into second with an 8.26 m. In the fifth round, Manyonga took first place with a personal best of 8.37 m and kept the lead into the final round with three jumpers to go. On his last attempt, Henderson jumped from fourth to first with a 8.38 m (27 ft 5 3⁄4 in). Rutherford tried to answer but his 8.29 m left him in third. On the final jump of the competition, American collegian Lawson jumped close to Henderson's mark, but his hand inadvertently dragged in the sand at shoulder level costing him an advancement into the medals.
The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete jumped three times (stopping early if they made the qualifying distance). At least the top twelve athletes moved on to the final; if more than twelve reached the qualifying distance, all who did so advanced. Distances were reset for the final round. Finalists jumped three times, after which the eight best jumped three more times (with the best distance of the six jumps counted).
|Friday, 12 August 2016||21:20||Qualifications|
|Saturday, 13 August 2016||20:53||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Mike Powell (USA)||8.95 m||Tokyo, Japan||30 August 1991|
|Olympic record||Bob Beamon (USA)||8.90 m||Mexico City, Mexico||18 October 1968|
|2016 World leading||Jarrion Lawson (USA)||8.58 m||Eugene, United States||3 July 2016|
Qualification rule: qualification standard 8.15m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||B||Wang Jianan||China||8.24||8.24||Q, SB|
|2||A||Jeff Henderson||United States||8.20||8.20||Q, SB|
|4||A||Luvo Manyonga||South Africa||x||8.12||8.10||8.12||q|
|5||A||Rushwal Samaai||South Africa||8.03||7.96||7.82||8.03||q|
|7||B||Jarrion Lawson||United States||7.99||7.62||7.96||7.99||q|
|10||A||Greg Rutherford||Great Britain||x||x||7.90||7.90||q|
|13||B||Radek Juška||Czech Republic||7.64||7.84||7.83||7.84|
|14||A||Kim Deok-hyeon||South Korea||7.42||7.76||7.82||7.82|
|17||B||Chan Ming Tai||Hong Kong||7.79||7.76||7.42||7.79|
|20||B||Jean Marie Okutu||Spain||7.75||7.72||7.53||7.75|
|22||B||Stefan Brits||South Africa||7.46||7.71||x||7.71|
|25||B||Mike Hartfield||United States||7.66||x||7.66||7.66|
|Jeff Henderson||United States||8.20||7.94||8.10||7.96||8.22||8.38||8.38||SB|
|Luvo Manyonga||South Africa||8.16||x||x||8.28||8.37||x||8.37||PB|
|Greg Rutherford||Great Britain||8.18||8.11||8.22||8.26||8.09||8.29||8.29|
|4||Jarrion Lawson||United States||8.19||8.15||8.25||x||x||7.78||8.25|
|9||Rushwahl Samaai||South Africa||7.97||7.94||x||Did not advance||7.97|
|10||Fabrice Lapierre||Australia||x||7.87||x||Did not advance||7.87|
|11||Huang Changzhou||China||7.78||x||7.86||Did not advance||7.86|
|12||Damar Forbes||Jamaica||7.63||7.74||7.82||Did not advance||7.82|
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