28 March 1935 |
Miechowitz, Germany (now Miechowice in Bytom, Poland)
With a jump of 17,03 in 1960, Szmidt was the first triple jumper to reach 17 metres.
Szmidt, a mechanic by profession, was the world's leading triple jumper in the early 1960s, becoming European champion in 1958 and 1962, and Olympic champion in 1960 and 1964. The two latter years he was awarded the Sportsman of the Year prize in Poland. In 1975 Szmidt settled in West Germany, but returned to Poland in 1992. He is the brother of track and field athlete Edward Szmidt, who competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics.
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Oleg Fyodoseyev (URS)
|Men's Triple Jump World Record Holder
5 August 1960 – 16 September 1968
Giuseppe Gentile (ITA)
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