There is a myth in the athletics world that you need to be tall with long legs in order to be a triple jumper. This isn’t necessarily true. Although there are several triple jumpers that are over 6 feet in height, there are a few notable triple jumpers that have reached the elite level and whose height is lower than 1.83m.
He is the world record holder and his height is 1.82m. His weight at the time was 71kg. His official personal best is 18.29m.
He is 1.78m tall. His personal best is 18.09m. He was also 75kg at the time.
You can use the following table to get an idea about heights and weights for some of history’s best triple jumpers.
What’s needed to succeed as a triple jumper?
Athletes need to have a tremendous amount of speed by the time they reach the take-off point and they must be able to maintain that velocity through the three phases of the triple jump.
Athletes must condition their bodies to maximise their acceleration, explosiveness and biomechanic rhythm so they will be able to achieve the greatest distance when doing the triple jump.
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