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What is the triple jump?
The triple jump is a track-and-field competition in which athletes attempt to cover the farthest distance using a running start and sequence of three jumps.
An attempt in this event (the jump itself) is also called a triple jump, and a competitor in the event can be called a triple jumper.
Despite the event being called the triple jump, it is not as simple as taking three jumps forward. After a running start on a track, a triple jumper jumps off of one foot, lands on the same foot and jumps off again, and then lands on the other foot to take the final leap before landing on both feet in a sand pit.
This three-part jumping motion is reflected in the older name for the event: hop, step, and jump.
Example: I’m training for the triple jump and the long jump with my track-and-field team.
Where does triple jump come from?
The first records of the term triple jump as a name for the track-and-field event come from the 1960s. The names of other track-and-field events use the word jump in the same way as triple jump, including long jump and high jump. Before the 1960s, the event was called hop, step, and jump—a name that dates back to the 1700s. (This term is thought to have led to the similar term hop, skip, and a jump, which is now almost always used figuratively to refer to a short distance).
Unlike some other track-and-field events that trace their origin to the ancient Olympic Games or before, the origin of the triple jump is uncertain. It may even be related to (or may have grown out of) the ancient children’s game that we know as hopscotch.
The event we now call the triple jump was introduced to the Olympic Games at the first modern Olympics in 1896 and has been included at every Summer Olympics since. A version of the triple jump performed from a standing position (without a running start) was included in the 1900 and 1904 Olympic Games, but was eliminated as an event after that.
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What are some other forms related to triple jump?
- triple jumper (noun)
What are some synonyms for triple jump?
- hop, step, and jump (no longer in common use)
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How is triple jump used in real life?
Most people are familiar with the triple jump as a track-and-field event at the Summer Olympics.
Florida’s Marquis Dendy sets a new triple jump #NCAATF meet record and wins the event with a 17.71m final jump.
— TrackTown USA (@GoTrackTownUSA) June 13, 2015
South Africa's Khotso Mokoena hops to Gold in the Men's Triple Jump #2014athletics
— Glasgow 2014 (@Glasgow2014) August 2, 2014
T&F: Tobi Fawehimni (50' 1/2") broke the world Paralympic record in the triple jump today at #TXRelays15! Old mark was 49' 10". Amazing!
— UTA Athletics (@UTAMAVS) March 27, 2015
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In the triple jump, the jumper must take their first and second jump off of the same foot.
How to use triple jump in a sentence
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The sound of my step shall make your heart jump; a look from me shall make you dumb for an hour.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
We haven't even seen a review of the piece; the footlights go up with a jump, and now the curtain rises.
And it did not take Squinty long to learn to jump the rope when there was no apple on the other side.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
It'll be beastly dull for her at The Warren, you see, poor girl; and she doesn't seem to jump at Spunyarn, though he does hang on.
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