|World||Jonathan Edwards (GBR)18.29 m (60 ft 0 in) (1995)|
|Olympic||Kenny Harrison (USA)18.09 m (59 ft 4 in) (1996)|
|World||Inessa Kravets (UKR)15.50 m (50 ft 10 in) (1995)|
|Olympic||Françoise Mbango(CMR) 15.39 m (50 ft 53⁄4 in) (2008)|
The triple jump, sometimes referred to as the hop, step and jump or the hop, skip and jump, is a track and field event, similar to the long jump. As a group, the two events are referred to as the "horizontal jumps". The competitor runs down the track and performs a hop, a bound and then a jump into the sand pit. The triple jump was inspired by the ancient Olympic Games and has been a modern Olympics event since the Games' inception in 1896.
According to IAAF rules, "the hop shall be made so that an athlete lands first on the same foot as that from which he has taken off; in the step he shall land on the other foot, from which, subsequently, the jump is performed."
The current male and female world record holders are Jonathan Edwards of Great Britain, with a jump of 18.29 m (60 ft 0 in), and Inessa Kravets of Ukraine, with a jump of 15.50 m (50 ft 10 in). Both records were set during 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg.
Historical sources on the ancient Olympic Games occasionally mention jumps of 15 meters or more. This led sports historians to conclude that these must have been a series of jumps, thus providing the basis for the triple jump. However, there is no evidence for the triple jump being included in the ancient Olympic Games, and it is possible that the recorded extraordinary distances are due to artistic license of the authors of victory poems, rather than attempts to report accurate results.
The triple jump was a part of the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens, although at the time it consisted of two hops on the same foot and then a jump. In fact, the first modern Olympic champion, James Connolly, was a triple jumper. Early Olympics also included the standing triple jump, although this has since been removed from the Olympic program and is rarely performed in competition today. The women's triple jump was introduced into the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
The athlete sprints down a runway to a takeoff mark, from which the triple jump is measured. The takeoff mark is commonly a physical piece of wood or similar material embedded in the runway, or a rectangle painted on the runway surface. In modern championships a strip of plasticine, tape, or modeling clay is attached to the far edge of the board to record athletes overstepping or "scratching" the mark, defined by the trailing edge of the board. These boards are placed at different places on the run way depending on how far the athlete can jump. Typically the boards are set; (furthest from the pit to closest) 40 ft, 32 ft, and 24 ft. These are the most common boards you see at the high school and collegiate levels, but boards can be placed anywhere on the runway. There are three phases of the triple jump: the "hop" phase, the "bound" or "step" phase, and the "jump" phase. These three phases are executed in one continuous sequence.
The hop begins with the athlete jumping from the take off board on one leg, which for descriptive purposes will be the right leg. The objective of the first phase is to hop out, focusing all momentum forward. The hop landing phase is very active, involving a powerful backward "pawing" action of the right leg, with the right take-off foot landing heel first on the runway.
The hop landing also marks the beginning of the step phase, where the athlete utilizes the backward momentum of the right leg to immediately execute a powerful jump forwards and upwards, the left leg assisting the take-off with a powerful hip flexion thrust. This leads to the familiar step-phase mid-air position, with the right take off leg trailing flexed at the knee, and the left leg now leading flexed at the hip and knee. The jumper then holds this position for as long as possible, before extending the knee of the leading left leg and then immediately beginning a powerful backward motion of the whole left leg, again landing on the runway with a powerful pawing action.The takeoff leg should be fully extended with the drive leg thigh just below parallel to the ground.The takeoff leg stays extended behind the body with the heel held high.The drive leg extends with a flexed ankle(Creating a long lever)and snaps downward for a quick transition into the jump phase.
The step landing forms the beginning of the take-off of the final phase (the jump), where the athlete utilises the backward force from the left leg to take off again. The jump phase is very similar to the long jump although most athletes have lost too much speed by this time to manage a full hitch kick, and mostly used is a hang or sail technique.
When landing in the sand-filled pit, the jumper should aim to avoid sitting back on landing, or placing either hand behind the feet. The sand pit usually begins 13m from the take off board for male international competition, or 11m from the board for international female and club-level male competition. Each phase of the triple jump should get progressively higher, and there should be a regular rhythm to the 3 landings.
A "foul", also known as a "scratch," or missed jump, occurs when a jumper oversteps the takeoff mark, misses the pit entirely, does not use the correct foot sequence throughout the phases, or does not perform the attempt in the allotted amount of time (usually about 90 seconds). When a jumper "scratches," the seated official will raise a red flag and the jumper who was "on deck," or up next, prepares to jump.
It shall not be considered a foul if an athlete, while jumping, should touch or scrape the ground with his/her "sleeping leg". Also called a "scrape foul", "sleeping leg" touch violations were ruled as fouls prior to the mid-1980s. The IAAF changed the rules following outrage at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, when Russian field officials in the Men's Triple Jump ruled as foul 8 of the 12 jumps made by two leading competitors (from Brazil and Australia) thus helping two Russian jumpers win the Gold and Silver medals.
|Mark (m)||Athlete||Mark (m)||Athlete|
|World||18.29 m (60 ft 0 in)||15.50 m (50 ft 10 in)|
|Africa||17.37 m (56 ft 113⁄4 in)||15.39 m (50 ft 53⁄4 in)|
|Asia||17.59 m (57 ft 81⁄2 in)||15.25 m (50 ft 01⁄4 in)|
|Europe||18.29 m (60 ft 0 in)||15.50 m (50 ft 10 in)|
|North, Central America|
|18.21 m (59 ft 83⁄4 in)||15.29 m (50 ft 13⁄4 in)|
|Oceania||17.46 m (57 ft 31⁄4 in)||14.04 m (46 ft 03⁄4 in)|
|South America||17.90 m (58 ft 81⁄2 in)||15.31 m (50 ft 23⁄4 in)|
All-time top 25 athletes
set prior to IAAF acceptance of indoor events as equivalent with outdoor events (in 2000)
|1||18.29 m (60 ft 0 in)||1.3||7 August 1995||Gothenburg|
|2||18.21 m (59 ft 83⁄4 in)||0.2||27 August 2015||Beijing|
|3||18.09 m (59 ft 4 in)||−0.4||27 July 1996||Atlanta|
|4||18.08 m (59 ft 33⁄4 in)||0.0||28 May 2015||Havana|
|5||18.04 m (59 ft 2 in)||0.3||18 August 2013||Moscow|
|6||17.97 m (58 ft 111⁄4 in)||1.5||16 June 1985||Indianapolis|
|7||17.92 m (58 ft 91⁄2 in)||1.6||31 August 1987||Rome|
|1.9||20 May 1995||Odessa|
|9||17.91 m (58 ft 9 in)||+0.9||23 June 2017||Sacramento|
|10||17.90 m (58 ft 81⁄2 in)||0.4||20 May 2007||Belém|
|1.0||20 June 1990||Bratislava|
|12||17.89 m (58 ft 81⁄4 in)||0.0||15 October 1975||Mexico City|
|13||17.87 m (58 ft 71⁄2 in)||1.7||27 June 1987||San Jose|
|14||17.86 m (58 ft 7 in)||1.3||2 September 1985||Kobe|
|15||17.85 m (58 ft 63⁄4 in)||0.0||8 August 1997||Athens|
|16||17.83 m (58 ft 53⁄4 in)|
|indoor||1 March 1997||Sindelfingen|
|indoor||7 March 2004||Budapest|
|18||17.81 m (58 ft 5 in)||1.0||5 July 2005||Lausanne|
|0.1||29 July 2009||Barcelona|
|20||17.78 m (58 ft 4 in)||1.0||7 June 1986||Leningrad|
|0.6||15 June 1986||Havana|
|0.8||17 July 2004||Havana|
|23||17.77 m (58 ft 31⁄2 in)||1.0||18 July 1987||Bryansk|
|indoor||6 February 1994||Grenoble|
|25||17.75 m (58 ft 23⁄4 in)||0.3||10 June 1990||Moscow|
Below is a list of wind-assisted marks:
- Jonathan Edwards jumped 18.43m (+2.4), 18.39m (+3.9) and 17.90m (+2.5) in Villeneuve d'Ascq on 25 June 1995.
- Willie Banks jumped 18.20m (+5.2) in Indianapolis on 16 July 1988.
- Mike Conley jumped 18.17m (+2.1) in Barcelona on 3 August 1992.
- Will Claye jumped 18.05m (+2.4) in Eugene on 27 May 2017.
- Yoelbi Quesada jumped 17.97m (+7.5) in Madrid on 20 June 1995.
- Charles Simpkins jumped 17.93m (+5.2) in Indianapolis on 16 July 1988.
- Christian Olsson jumped 17.92m (+3.4) in Gateshead on 13 June 2003.
- Denis Kapustin jumped 17.86m (+5.7) in Sevilla on 5 June 1994.
- Christian Taylor jumped 17.86m (+2.1) in Monaco on 20 July 2018.
- Nelson Évora jumped 17.82m (+2.5) in Seixal on 26 June 2009.
- Keith Connor jumped 17.81m +(4.6) in Brisbane on 9 October 1982.
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 17.75m:
- Jonathan Edwards also jumped 18.16m (1995), 18.01m (1998), 17.92m (2001), 17.88m (1996) and 17.86m (2002).
- Pedro Pablo Pichardo also jumped 18.06m (2015) 17.95m (2018) and 17.94m (2015).
- Christian Taylor also jumped 18.11m (2017), 17.86m (2016), 17.81m (2018), 17.80m (2016), 17.78m (2016) and 17.76m (2016).
- Teddy Tamgho also jumped 17.92m i (2011), 17.91m i (2011), 17.90m i (2010).
- Christian Olsson also jumped 17.80m (2002).
- Will Claye also jumped 17.79m (2017), 17.76 m (2016), 17.75m (2014).
- Phillips Idowu also jumped 17.75m (2008).
|1||15.50 m (50 ft 10 in)||0.9||10 August 1995||Gothenburg|
|2||15.39 m (50 ft 53⁄4 in)||0.5||17 August 2008||Beijing|
|3||15.36 m (50 ft 41⁄2 in)||indoor||6 March 2004||Budapest|
|4||15.32 m (50 ft 3 in)||0.9||21 August 2004||Athens|
|5||15.31 m (50 ft 23⁄4 in)||0.0||18 July 2014||Monaco|
|6||15.29 m (50 ft 13⁄4 in)||0.3||11 July 2003||Rome|
|7||15.28 m (50 ft 11⁄2 in)||0.9||31 August 2007||Osaka|
|8||15.25 m (50 ft 01⁄4 in)||1.7||4 September 2010||Split|
|9||15.20 m (49 ft 101⁄4 in)||0.0||4 August 1997||Athens|
|−0.3||24 September 2000||Sydney|
|11||15.18 m (49 ft 91⁄2 in)||0.3||10 August 1995||Gothenburg|
|12||15.16 m (49 ft 83⁄4 in)||0.1||4 August 1997||Athens|
|0.7||2 August 2004||Linz|
|indoor||28 February 1998||Valencia|
|15||15.14 m (49 ft 8 in)||1.9||26 July 2009||Cheboksary|
|16||15.09 m (49 ft 6 in)||0.5||29 August 1993||Stuttgart|
|−0.5||31 May 1997||Valencia|
|18||15.08 m (49 ft 51⁄2 in)||indoor||13 February 2008||Peania|
|19||15.07 m (49 ft 51⁄4 in)||−0.6||22 August 1999||Sevilla|
|20||15.04 m (49 ft 4 in)||1.7||30 May 2015||Eugene|
|21||15.03 m (49 ft 31⁄2 in)||1.9||26 June 2004||Rome|
|indoor||11 March 1995||Barcelona|
|23||15.02 m (49 ft 31⁄4 in)||0.9||9 August 2006||Gothenburg|
|–0.4||23 June 2016||Madrid|
|25||15.00 m (49 ft 21⁄2 in)||1.2||4 July 2004||Iraklio|
Below is a list of wind assisted marks:
- Magdelin Martínez jumped 15.24A (+4.2) in Sestriere on 1 August 2004
- Anna Pyatykh jumped 15.17 (+2.4) in Athens on 2 July 2006
- Keila da Silva Costa jumped 15.10 (+2.7) in Uberlândia on 6 May 2007
- Olga Saladukha jumped 15.06 (+2.3) in Stockholm on 29 July 2011
Below is a list of other times equal or superior to 15.04m:
World Championships medalists
World Indoor Championships medalists
- A Known as the World Indoor Games
- "i" denotes indoor performance.
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