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  • Rypakova takes gold in the women's Triple Jump | Video

    Rypakova takes gold in the women's Triple Jump

    London 2012 - Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova wins Triple Jump gold with a leap of 14.98m at the Olympic Stadium. Watch highlights from the final.
  • Britain’s triple leap into Olympic glory - Jonathan Edwards - Athletics | Video

    Britain’s triple leap into Olympic glory - Jonathan Edwards - Athletics

    During the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards took the silver medal with an impressive 17.88m. As a previous World Champion and favorite for the Olympic gold medal, he would come back striving for gold next time.   Edwards arrived in Sydney as the world record holder but also the oldest athlete in his event. Could he make it and take Great Britain to the highest position of the podium?   With his 17.71m third attempt jump he did just that, and became an Olympic gold medalist in Sydney, an unforgettable moment both for him and Olympic fans around the world.  
  • Viktor Saneyev - Triple jum men - Athletics | Video

    Viktor Saneyev - Triple jum men - Athletics

    The triple jump competition was spectacular. The world record had stood for eight years but, at the jumper-friendly conditions of Mexico City, it was broken not once – but by five different people.
  • Nelson Evora Claims Portugal 1st Triple Jump Gold | Video

    Nelson Evora Claims Portugal 1st Triple Jump Gold

    Nelson Evora makes his Olympic dream come true and receives with great pride Portugal's first triple jump gold medal. Evora claims his first Olympic title with a jump of 17.67 metres, 5 centimetres ahead of British Phillips Idowu. Leevan Sands of the Bahamas, earns the bronze medal with a leap of 17.59 meters, setting a national record for his country. Athletics Men's Triple Jump Medal Ceremony- Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Nelson Evora (POR), Phillips Idowu (GBR), Leevan Sands (BAH)
  • Om lifts triple his body weight to take gold | Video

    Om lifts triple his body weight to take gold

    London 2012 - Om Yun Chol of DPR Korea claimed gold in sensational style after double world champion and pre-competition favourite Wu Jingbiao failed to make his last lift in a thrilling finale to the men's Weightlifting 56kg category. Om, only the fifth man in history to lift triple his own body weight, equalled the world record and set a new Olympic best in the clean and jerk element (168kg).
  • Team USA takes Triple Jump Gold and Silver | Video

    Team USA takes Triple Jump Gold and Silver

    London 2012 - USA's Christian Taylor added the Olympic Games title to his world Triple Jump crown with a superb leap of 17.81m, the longest in the world this year. His team-mate Will Claye took silver, while Italy's Fabrizio Donato claimed bronze.
  • Top 3 - Triple Jump | Video

    Top 3 - Triple Jump

    Celebrating its centenary on the Olympic programme at Atlanta 1996, the men’s triple jump competition served up a record-breaking and thrilling encounter between two of the discipline’s all-time greats.
  • King crowned high jump champion | Video

    King crowned high jump champion

    The men’s high jump at the Olympic Games of 1928 was a strikingly different event to that of today. The now ubiquitous Fosbury Flop, perfected by the American jumper Dick Fosbury to great success at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, was many decades away and the jumpers in Holland used a variety of spectacular techniques with which to clear the bar. Many used an elaborate scissor-kick style, which required a remarkable piece of athleticism and agility to clear the formidable heights, with the winner in Amsterdam expected to go close to the magical barrier of two metres. American Bob King had a technique all of his own. He had had a glittering collegiate career with Stanford and led a strong American field event contingent in Amsterdam.Expectation was high with all but one of the previously contested high jump gold medals going to American athletes. A 35-man field for the qualifying round prolonged the event into a five-hour marathon by the end, with 18 athletes battling their way through to the final round. The bar reached 1.91m and only five athletes made successful clearances. Japan’s Mikio Oda, who won the triple jump gold medal in Amsterdam, bowing out after failing at that height. King and two American team-mates remained alongside Frenchman Claude Menard and Simeon Toribio of the Phillipines. While his rivals persisted with the traditional scissor kick, King’s technique gave him the edge. He ran in at an angle, raising his right leg level with the bar before tucking his left underneath. With the bar raised to 1.94m and the officials wrapped up warm in the evening chill, King recorded the only successful clearance but not until the bar performed a nerve-jangling wobble after the American clipped it with his trailing leg.
  • Oda ends epic journey with landmark gold | Video

    Oda ends epic journey with landmark gold

    When modern-day athletes occasionally lament a lack of training facilities they would do well to ponder the experiences of Japanese jumper Mikio Oda. Oda, from Hiroshima, would enter the history books at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam of 1928 by becoming the first Asian, never mind Japanese, to win an individual gold medal on the biggest sporting stage of them all. But it wasn’t until after a journey of epic proportions to get him to the Olympic Stadium on that slightly rainy, windswept afternoon. Oda was a particularly versatile jumper but opted to specialise in the triple jump, finishing a respectable sixth place at the 1924 Games in Paris. Faced with making a similarly long trip to Europe, Oda’s only option was to take an epic train journey lasting several days through the heart of Siberia. With no training facilities en route, and his meagre budget meaning he had to eat the cheapest food available – usually soup – when he arrived in Amsterdam he was not quite in the best of shapes. But an enjoyable training environment when he got to Holland focused his mind and he knew a strong performance could earn him and his Continent’s first individual gold medal. Running on a rutted grass track and jumping into an uneven sandpit, the conditions did not exactly suit world class jumping but it didn’t faze Oda one bit and he opened with a leap of 15.13metres. The distance surprised him as he wasn’t the best of starters but it did serve to give him the added confidence he needed to go even further. In the best round he recorded a mark of 15.21m which would not be bettered. By the time his medal ceremony came round, Oda had already left Amsterdam for a meet in Paris, and his gold was collected on his behalf by another Japanese athlete. Thirty six years later at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the main stadium flag measured at 15.21m in honour of Oda’s breakthrough gold medal for Asia.
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