Standing long jump

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Benjamin Adams during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Gustaf Malmsten during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Platt Adams during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics

The standing long jump, also known as the standing broad jump, is an athletics event. It was an Olympic event until 1912. It is one of three standing variants of track and field jumping events, which also include the standing high jump and standing triple jump.

In performing the standing long jump, the jumper stands at a line marked on the ground with the feet slightly apart. The athlete takes off and lands using both feet, swinging the arms and bending the knees to provide forward drive. In Olympic rules, the measurement used was the longest of three tries. The jump must be repeated if the athlete falls back or takes a step at take-off.

Ray Ewry set the first world record for the standing long jump at 3.47 m (11 ft 4​12 in) on 3 September 1904. The current record is held by Byron Jones, who recorded a jump of 3.73 m (12 ft 2​34 in) at the NFL Combine on 23 February 2015,[1] beating the competition world record of 3.71 m (12 ft 2 in) set by Norwegian shot putter Arne Tvervaag from Ringerike FIK Sportclub in 1968.[2]

When indoor arenas were built, the standing long jump began to disappear as an event. Today, Norway is the only country where the standing long jump is a national championship event. The Norwegian Championships in Standing Jumps (long jump and high jump) has been held in Stange every winter since 1995.[3][4]

The standing long jump is also one of the events at the NFL combine,[5] it was one of the standardized test events as part of the President's Award on Physical Fitness,[6] as well as the physical fitness test that officer cadets must complete at the Royal Military College of Canada and the United States Air Force Academy.[7] In the Brazilian police forces, a minimum performance in a standing long jump test is required to join the Federal Police (2.14 m for men 1.66 m for women[8]) and the Federal Highway Police (2.00 m for men 1.60 m for women).[9]

Olympic medalists

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Irving Baxter (USA)  Emile Torcheboeuf (FRA)
1904 St. Louis
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Charles King (USA)  John Biller (USA)
1908 London
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (GRE)  Martin Sheridan (USA)
1912 Stockholm
 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (GRE)  Platt Adams (USA)  Benjamin Adams (USA)

Intercalated Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1906 Athens
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Martin Sheridan (USA)  Lawson Robertson (USA)


  1. ^ - NBCSports
  2. ^ [1] - Norwegian Athletics Association
  3. ^ Nr
  4. ^ Norwegian indoor championships - GBR Athletics
  5. ^ "Combine events: Broad jump". 2008. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ RMC Physical Performance Test
  8. ^
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