Triple Jump at the Olympics

The triple jump event is one of the four jumping events contested as a part of the track and field disciple in the Olympics. The men's event has been a part of the games since the first Olympics in 1896. The women's event however was added to the Olympics only recently at the 1996 Atlanta Games. A standing triple jump event was also conducted in 1900 and 1904 but was discontinued later.

Viktor Saneyev is the most notable athlete in the men's event who has won the gold medal three times and also has a silver medal to his name. Myer Prinstein of the United States, Adhemar da Silva of Brazil, and Józef Szmidt of Poland are the other three men who have won the gold medal twice. In its short history, Françoise Mbango Etone of Cameroon has been the most successful women thus far winning the gold medal twice, in 2004 and 2008.

As of March 2016, the current Olympic record of 18.09m for the men's event is held by Kenny Harrison of the United States, which was set during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. For the women's event, the record is 15.39m set by Françoise Mbango Etone of Cameroon during the 2008 Beijing Games.

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