The long jump event for men is being played in
the Olympics since the debut of the modern games in 1896. The game
was contested in the ancient Olympics.
Rules and Regulations
Authority of setting the rules and regulations for the events rests
with the International Associations of Athletics Federations or the
- The IAAF has specified the distance between the take-off line
and the end of the landing area which should not be less that
- The player faces disqualification if he happens to touch the
ground outside the take-off line and before the landing area.
- All jumps are measured from the break in the landing area.
- The IAAF specifies the design and the material of the
- The breadth of the landing area is between 2.75 meter and 3
- The landing area is filled with soft damp sand.
Also known as broad jump, the jump usually suits the sprinters. The
action can be segregated in four parts which are the approach run,
the strides, take off and the movement in air and landing.
Initially, the trial rounds are held in the event and then the final
The event has always been dominated by the athletes of the United
States of America.
To excel in the event of long jump, an athlete needs a combination
of speed, power and swiftness. The longer the athlete jumps, the
longer he will be able to jump.
Top performers in the event of long jump are Lutz Dombrowski, Arnie
Robinson, Randy Williams, Lynn Davies, Ralph Boston, Greg Bell,
Dwight Phillips, James Beckford, Kareem Streete-Thompson, Ivan
Pedroso, Jerome Biffle, Willie Steele, Jesse Owens, Ed Gordon, Ed
Hamm, William DeHart Hubbard, William Pettersson, Albert Gutterson,
Frank Irons, Erick Walder, Larry Myricks, Robert Emmiyan, Carl
Lewis, Bob Beamon and Mike Powell.