triple jump


triple jump
a jumping event for distance in which a participant leaps on one foot from a takeoff point, lands on the same foot, steps forward on the other foot, leaps, and lands on both feet. Also called hop, step, and jump.
[1960-65]

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or hop, step, and jump

Track-and-field distance jump.

It incorporates three distinct, continuous movements: a hop, in which the athlete takes off and lands on the same foot; a step, in which he lands on the other foot; and a jump, in which the athlete lands in any manner, usually with both feet together. It has been a modern Olympic event since the first games in 1896.

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also called  hop, step, and jump 
 event in athletics (track and field) in which an athlete makes a horizontal jump for distance incorporating three distinct, continuous movements—a hop, in which the athlete takes off and lands on the same foot; a step, landing on the other foot; and a jump, landing in any manner, usually with both feet together. If a jumper touches ground with a wrong leg, the jump is disallowed. Other rules are similar to those of the long jump.

      The origins of the triple jump are obscure, but it may be related to the ancient children's game hopscotch. It has been a modern Olympic (Olympic Games) event since the first Games in 1896; at those Games two hops were used, but one hop was used at the Olympics thereafter. (The standing triple jump was contested only in the 1900 and 1904 Olympics.)

   Equipment needed for the triple jump includes a runway and a takeoff board identical to those used in the long jump, except that the board is at least 13 metres (42.7 feet) from the landing area for men and 11 metres (36 feet) for women.
 

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Universalium. 2010.

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