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17 March 2006

Description of jumping events

The high jump event involves a short run-up to a horizontal bar set at a certain height, a powerful vertical spring, and getting the body over the bar.

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High jump
The high jump event involves a short run-up to a horizontal bar set at a certain height, a powerful vertical spring, and getting the body over the bar without knocking it off the supports.

Pole vaulting
In this event, athletes compete to clear the highest possible crossbar using a vaulting pole. The pole vaulter sprints with the pole, ‘plants’ it into the ground, and catapults over a crossbar set at a specific height. The vault is successful if the bar remains stationary upon completion of the vault.

Long jump and triple jump
The long jump involves sprinting to a set take-off point and jumping as far as possible over a sand pit. The triple jump also has a fast approach run, but consists of three consecutive jumps in the form of a hop, a step and a jump.

 
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