Equestrian at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Long jump

The 1900 Summer Olympics was the only Olympic Games to date to feature an equestrian long jump competition. Of the seventeen competitors who entered, around half are known by name.[1] The event was won by Constant van Langhendonck of Belgium, with silver going to Gian Giorgio Trissino of Italy and bronze to Jacques de Prunelé of France.

Equestrian long jump
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Gold medalist Constant van Langhendonck
Venue7th arrondissement of Paris
Date31 May
Competitors17 from 5 nations
Winning distance6.10 metres
1st place, gold medalist(s) Constant van Langhendonck
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Gian Giorgio Trissino
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Jacques de Prunelé

Background edit

No equestrian events were held at the first modern Olympics in 1896. Five events, including this one, were featured in 1900. Only the show jumping competition would ever be held again after that; this was the only appearance of the long jump.[2]

Competition format edit

The competition format was more like a human high jump than long jump, with competitors trying to clear a fixed distance that increased with each success rather than simply jumping and measuring the distance. The equestrian long jump involved trying to clear a water jump with the take-off point moved further back each time the jump was made. The distance began at 4.50 metres, increasing gradually to 4.90 metres. Remaining riders at that point could choose subsequent distances.[2]

Schedule edit

Date Time Round
Thursday, 31 May 1900 Final

Results edit

All 17 competitors managed to jump 4.50 metres (14.8 ft), but several were eliminated at 4.90 metres (16.1 ft). The winning jump of 6.10 metres (20.0 ft) was considered unimpressive, but was in part due to heavy ground caused by rain earlier on the day of the competition. The silver medal was won by an Italian competitor Gian Giorgio Trissino, who also won the joint gold medal in the Equestrian high jump competition.

Rank Rider Nation Horse Distance
  Constant van Langhendonck   Belgium Extra-Dry 6.10
  Gian Giorgio Trissino   Italy Oreste 5.70
  Jacques de Prunelé[3][4]   France Tolla 5.30
4 Napoléon Murat   France Bayard 4.90
5 Henri Plocque   France Camelia Unknown
6 van der Meulen   Belgium The Wett Unknown
7–17 Uberto Visconti di Modrone   Italy Jupe-en-l'Air Unknown
Hermann Mandl   Austria Unknown Unknown
Vladimir Nikolayevich Orlov   Russian Empire Unknown Unknown
Élie de Polyakov   Russian Empire Unknown Unknown
7 unknown combinations Unknown

References edit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Equestrianism at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Mixed Long Jump". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Long Jump, Open". Olympedia. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Equestrian-jumping/individual-mixed". Olympics.com. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  4. ^ Some sources identify Camille de La Forgue de Bellegarde as the bronze medal winner, but he was possibly the owner of the horse, rather than the rider.

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