Rules and Regulations
The International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF specifies the rules and regulations for all track and field events in the Olympics including the long jump.
- Distance covered in the jump is measured from the take off line to the point of landing.
- The athletes should not touch the ground after the take-off line and before the landing area. If an athlete violates this rule, she is disqualified.
- The breadth of the landing area usually differs between 2.75 meter and 3 meter.
- The landing area of the athletes should be filled with soft damp sand.
- The International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF has the final say on the design of the take-off board and the material used.
- The IAAF sets the distance between the take-off line and the end of the landing area. The distance should not be less than 10 meter.
Also called broad jump, the event of long jump is the part of athletics competitions. The athletes jump at the take off point and try to reach as far as possible. The landing area is filled with ground gravel or sand so that the athletes might not get hurt. In the event of long jump, speed is the key. The athletes run down the runaway coated with rubber and jump as far as they can off of a wooden board into a pit filled with finely ground gravel or sand.
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