It is not the hop, skip and jump.
It is the hop, step and jump.
This is one of the common misconceptions about the triple jump and as a result, the athletes get taught the incorrect technique from the outset.
Hop by running off the take-off board.
Don’t stumble to the triple jump board. Make sure that you hit the board and run off the board. Your leg should naturally hop in a running motion that will set you up for the next phase of your jump.
Accelerate from the hop phase into the step phase.
It’s important that you accelerate into the next phase of your jump. Aim to accelerate off the ground by being explosive when executing the next phase.
Hold the step phase for as long as possible.
Once you get into the step phase, hold the technique for as long as possible to maximise your distance. You then want to accelerate out of the step phase into the jump phase.
Accelerate into the jump phase.
You need to carry your body’s velocity into the final phase of the triple jump. Accelerate off the ground and project yourself as far as possible into the pit.