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Triple Jump for Women at Olympics

Triple Jump for Women at Olympics: The triple jump is also known as the "hop, step and jump". Hop, step and jump are the three parts of the triple jump action. The jump taken in "hop" is landed on the take-off foot. The athlete lands the "step" on the opposite foot. The last "jump" is landed in the pit filled with sand. Strength, flexibility and speed are the important factors for success in the triple jump event. Athletes have to adopt proper technique to excel in the event. The event has been contested by women since the last half of the nineteenth century.

Triple Jump for Women in Summer Olympics: Triple jump was included in the women's athletics program at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. The event has become a regular part of the field athletics schedule at the Olympics after the 1996 Games.

Rules for Triple Jump for Women at Olympics: The International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF is authorized to set rules for the track and field athletics events at the international level. The rules vital for the triple jump competitions are-

  • The triple jump program should include a hop, a step and a jump.
  • The IAAF has the authority to decide over the design and the material of the take-off board used in the triple jump event.
  • The IAAF has fixed the distance between the take-off line and the end of the landing area. The minimum length has to be 21 meter.
  • The final jump has to be landed in a pit full of soft damp sand.
  • Touching the ground between the take-off line and the landing area is prohibited during the competition. If an athlete is found to do so, she is disqualified from the competition.
  • Medal Winners in the Triple Jump for Women at Olympics: Francoise Mbango Etone, Tereza Marinova, Inessa Kravets, Inna Lasovskaya, Tatyana Lebedeva, Hrysopiyi Devetzi, Sarka Kasparkova, Olena Hovorova, Trecia Smith, Rodica Mateescu, Iva Prandzheva and Yamile Aldama are some of the athletes who excelled in the domain of the triple jump event at the international stage.

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