Rules and Regulations
During the Olympics, the rules and regulations framed by the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF are followed.
- Distance between the take-off line and the end of the landing area has been specified by the IAAF to be minimum 21 meter.
- The design of the take-off board and the material used is also fixed by the IAAF.
- The triple jump event constitutes of three parts: A hop, a step and a jump.
- An athlete is barred from touching the ground between the take-off line and the landing area. Violation of this rule attracts instant disqualification.
- Soft damp sand is filled in the pit where the athletes land. The pit is filled with sand to ensure safety of the athletes participating.
Any athlete hoping to perform well in the triple jump event should know all three actions well. The three actions are hop, step, and jump. In the hop, the athlete has to land on the take-off foot. This is of course a difficult and can be perfected only after lot of practice. In the step, the athlete is required to land on the opposite foot. The jump is similar to long jump. The athlete has to jump as fast as she could in the pit filled with damp soft sand. The winner is declared on the basis of her performance in all three actions.
Top performers among the athletes participating in the Olympics triple jump event are Inna Lasovskaya, Tatyana Lebedeva, Olena Hovorova, Yamile Aldama, Trecia Smith, Rodica Mateescu, Iva Prandzheva, Hrysopiyi Devetzi, Francoise Mbango Etone, Tereza Marinova, Inessa Kravets, and Sarka Kasparkova.