Triple Jump in History

Events in Sport

  • 1896-04-06 1st modern Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; American athlete James Connolly Olympic becomes first modern Olympic champion when he wins the triple jump (then 2 hops and a jump); later 3rd in the long jump, 2nd in the high jump
  • 1936-08-06 Japanese athletes quinella the triple jump at the Berlin Olympics; Naoto Tajima wins gold and Masao Harada silver
  • 1968-10-17 Soviet athlete Viktor Saneev sets world record 17.39m to win the triple jump at the Mexico City Olympics; world record improved 5 times by 3 different athletes during competition
  • 1984-08-04 Americans Al Joyner and Mike Conley take the gold and silver medals in the men's triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1985-06-16 Willie Banks of USA sets triple jump record (58 feet 11 inches) in Indianapolis
  • 1987-02-27 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
  • 1990-08-25 Li Hui Rong of China sets triple jump woman's record (47'8½")
  • 1993-02-28 Iolanda Chen triple jumps world indoor record hop step (14.46m)
  • 1994-01-14 Inna Lassovskaya triple-jumps ladies world record (14.61m)
  • 2000-04-01 Michelle Kwan pushes through all 7 triple jumps at the Palais des Exposition in Nice, France to become the first American since Peggy Flemming to win 3 world figure skating titles

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1888-04-12 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), born in Athea, Ireland (d. 1942)
  • 1905-03-30 Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1908-01-01 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), born in Okayama, Japan (d. 1931)
  • 1927-09-29 Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1934-06-05 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), born in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2019)
  • 1943-09-04 Giuseppi Gentile, Italian triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Latina, Italy
  • 1945-10-03 Viktor Saneyev, Soviet triple jumper (Olympics 3 gold 1968, 72, 76), born in Sukhumi, Georgia
  • 1950-05-09 James A Butts, American triple jumper (Olympic silver 1976), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957-09-16 Keith Connor, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Anguilla, West Indies
  • 1960-01-19 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1961-07-26 Yolanda Chen, Russian triple jumper (indoor record), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1962-10-05 Michael Alexander Conley, Chic, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 1962-10-05 Mike Conley, triple jumper (Olympic silver 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965-02-13 Kenny Harrison, US triple jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1966-05-10 Jonathan Edwards, Britain, triple jumper (Olympics-gold/silver-92, 96)
  • 1966-10-05 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • 1967-05-21 Rogel Nachum, Israel, Men's triple jump (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967-06-30 Sheila Hudson, American triple jumper (US record 1992), born in Wurzburg, Germany
  • 1967-08-09 Elexa Wills/Orrange, Orange Texas, long jumper/triple jumper
  • 1969-12-18 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-11-05 Erick Walder, American triple jumper, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1973-09-26 Olga Vasdeki, Greek triple jumper, born in Volos, Greece
  • 1982-01-12 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper, born in Karditsa, Greece

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931-08-02 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), dies from pneumonia at 24
  • 1942-12-20 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), dies at 54
  • 2019-12-28 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), dies at 85