Kenny Harrison set an Olympic and American record of 59 feet, 4\ inches to win the triple jump gold medal Saturday night. Britain's Jonathan Edwards, the world-record holder, won the silver and Yoelbi Quesada of Cuba won the bronze.
Harrison's leap was the second-farthest legal jump ever, behind Edwards' world record of 60-\. He later returned to the track and scooped up a bag of sand from the pit.
Harrison has not won a major title since the 1991 world championship in Tokyo.
Harrison said before the Games that he would jump farther than any man in history. He took the lead in the opening round and produced his winning jump in the fourth round.
Edwards failed to register a legal jump in his opening two attempts but moved into second in the fourth round. It was Edwards' first loss in a competition since the end of the 1994 season.
wins gold in javelin
Heli Rantanen of Finland won the gold medal in the women's javelin with a throw of 222 feet, 11 inches.
Louise McPaul of Australia finished second with 215-0. The bronze went to Trine Hattestad of Norway with a throw of 213-2.
Rantanen was sixth at Barcelona in 1992 and fourth in the 1993 world championships. She is a four-time Finnish national champion.