Triple Jump

For those of you who are wondering hmm Triple jump which event is that again?

I’ll offer you a brief explanation of what is it and what it consists of just so there is no confusion.

The longest Triple Jump in history was set by Jonathan Edwards (GBR) in 1995, a record which still stands today, 18 metres 29cms, which is exactly 60ft!

To give you some perspective on how far that is, its just shorter then the length of two double-decker buses.

The Triple Jump Is often referred to as the Hop Skip Jump. Training is very similar to the Long Jump this is why they are categorised as the Horizontal jumps, although the execution of the two jumps are very different.

There are four key components to Triple jump that makes it one of the most technically tough yet brilliant events in Athletics. (Being a Triple Jumper and a big fan I’m bound to say that. Just a little bit of bias)

1.The Approach

This Is the most important part for both long and triple jumpers, reaching an optimal speed on the runway is essential for a successful Triple Jump. Timing and rhythm are essential so using a mark or checkpoint on the runway where they start running from is how athletes utilise their approach to be more consistent and avoid the dreaded foul jumps.

2. The Hop

This includes the take off in which the Triple Jumper leaves the board and hops on to the same foot, coordination balance and strength play a major part in this phase also landing with a flat foot. the aim of the hop is to convert all of the speed from the run in to the jump so unlike the long jump the aim is to go forward and not create too much height.

3.The Step (skip)

This phase is probably for me and a lot of jumpers the hardest phase to master and separates the good and great jumpers. This involves coming off the hop and now preparing to land off the opposite foot for the final jump phase. A successful step is largely dependant on how much speed has being carried through from the approach and hop phase.

4.The Jump

Lets consider the first two phases have come together perfectly and your into the final phase now, apart from the speeds being slower its very similar to the long jump. Cues are;

  • Upright Torso- (note this is needed for all previous phases)
  • Extend the feet as far in front as possible
  • Ensure the torso and buttocks land past where the feet enter the sand ( a flailing limb cost us those cm’s which are vital in competition)


There it is, It’s that simple. Well simple to understand anyway.

Here is a video of the best to ever do it, Jonathan Edwards, he broke the world record twice in the same competition.