|Governing Body:||International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)|
Triple Jump, also called hop, step & jump is a track and field athletic event. The long jump and triple jump are together referred as the "Horizontal jumps". In this event, athletes sprint along a runway then from the takeoff board they jump forward, land on the takeoff foot, then take a step onto the other foot and finally jump into the sandpit. The athlete who covers the greatest distance from the board to the sandpit is declared the winner. This event has been a part of modern Olympics since its inception in 1896 in which the competition consisted of two hops and a jump. But the new format of hop, skip and jump was standardized in 1908.
To jump/leap as far as possible into a sandpit from a takeoff point to win the event.
Male and female athletes (jumpers) compete as individuals in triple jump events.
The playing area of triple jump includes a runway, a takeoff board and a sandpit which is the landing area. The runway is coated with the same rubberized surface as running tracks and must be no less than 40m long (often 45m). The takeoff board which is around 8 inches wide is set back at least 13m from the front of the sandpit for men and 11m for women. A layer of plasticine is set immediately after the board to check whether the athlete’s foot was on the ground beyond the take-off limit. The landing area is a pit filled with sand which is around 9m long and 2.75m wide. The surface is smoothed over with a rake to the same level as the runway after every jump.
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