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Male

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Lázaro Martínez 17.24 Cuba CUB
2 Osviel Hernández 16.82 Cuba CUB
3 Phillips Idowu 16.63 Great Britain & N.I. GBR
4 DeJon Wilkinson 16.44 United States USA
5 Osviel Hernández 16.93 Cuba CUB

Female

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Yarianna Martínez 14.36 Cuba CUB
2 Dailenys Alcántara 14.33 Cuba CUB
3 Josleidy Ribalta 14.12 Cuba CUB
4 Liuba M. Zaldívar 14.12 Cuba CUB
5 Yargeris Savigne 14.01 Cuba CUB

Male

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Jonathan Edwards 18.29 Great Britain & N.I. GBR
2 Kenny Harrison 18.09 United States USA
3 Teddy Tamgho 18.04 France FRA
4 Willie Banks 17.97 United States USA
5 Christian Taylor 17.96 United States USA

Female

Pos Athlete Mark Country
1 Inessa Kravets 15.50 Ukraine UKR
2 Françoise Mbango Etone 15.39 France FRA
3 Tatyana Lebedeva 15.34 Russia RUS
4 Hrysopiyí Devetzí 15.32 Greece GRE
5 Yamilé Aldama 15.29 Great Britain & N.I. GBR

Triple Jump

How it works

Competitors sprint along a runway before taking off from a wooden board. The take-off foot absorbs the first landing, the hop. The next phase, the step, is finished on the opposite foot and then followed by a jump into a sandpit. The distance travelled, from the edge of the board to the closest indentation in the sand to it, is then measured.

A foul is committed – and the jump is not measured – if an athlete steps beyond the board.

Most championship competitions involve six jumps per competitor, although usually a number of them, those with the shorter marks, are often eliminated after three jumps.  If competitors are tied, the athlete with the next best distance is declared the winner.

History

At the inaugural modern Olympic Games in 1896, the event consisted of two hops and a jump but the format of a hop, a skip, a jump - hence its alternative name which was still in common usage until recently – was standardised in 1908.

Did you know

When Great Britain’s Jonathan Edwards set the current World record of 18.29m to win at the 1995 IAAF World Championships, he jumped a distance in excess of the width of a football penalty box.

Gold standard

Soviet jumper Viktor Saneyev, from Georgia, won three consecutive Olympic Games gold medals from 1968 to 1976. The only man to win more than once at the IAAF World Championships is Jonathan Edwards, who was victorious in 1995 and 2001.

The best ever women's competition came at the 2008 Olympic Games when Cameroon's Francoise Mbango defended her title from four years before with 15.39m, the second best distance ever, and six women went over 15 metres.

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Jonathan Edwards

The Briton with the wonderfully poised technique set the current World record of 18.29m when winning the first of his two world titles in 1995, the second came in 2001. He also took the 2000 Olympic Games gold medal and won at the 1998 European Championships and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Tatyana Lebedeva

The Russian, who regularity sports brightly coloured hair styles, was the IAAF World Championships winner in 2001 and 2003. She also won at the 2004 World Indoor Championships when she bounded out to three World indoor records during the course of the competition.  She produced a summer of stunning consistency in 2005, when she was the sole winner of the IAAF’s $1m Golden League Jackpot. Lebedeva also won the Long Jump at the 2004 Olympic Games and 2007 IAAF World Championships.