Triple jump is an athletic sport of the track and field discipline, in which athletes get to take two steps before making the final jump. The first two steps are also referred to as hop and step. The objective of the sport is to cover as much distance as possible in the three leaps.
A triple jump field consist of a runway path, a marker line to start the jump from, and a sand pit about 14 feet away from takeoff line. To make the jump, athletes sprint towards the takeoff mark and perform hop, step and jump in one continuous sequence. All three aspects of the triple jump are required to be performed in the correct foot sequence. The foot used for takeoff should be used for landing of the first jump. The second jump should land on the other foot, and the third jump has to be landed with both feet together.
If an athlete oversteps the takeoff mark or misses the foot sequence, the jump is disqualified. Each athlete gets six attempts, and the athlete with the longest jump is declared as the winner.
Triple jump is an Olympic event and is conducted for both men and women. World Championships and all other major athletic events also feature triple jump competitions.
Other Jump Events
- High Jump — a Track and Field event in which the participants attempt to jump over the highest bar.
- Pole Vault — an athletics event in which a competitor leaps over a bar using a flexible pole.
- Long Jump — a track and field event where the participant attempts to jump the longest into a sand pit.
- Triple jump is an event at the Olympic Games
- The standing triple jump is a UK Sports Hall event
- The standing triple jump was at the Olympics and is a fitness test
- More track and field events
- Complete list of sports
- The Encyclopedia of Sports