One popular event in track and field is the hop, step and jump. This is when an athlete runs to full speed along a runway and then comes to a stop and will then complete a hop, one step and a jump right in to a sandpit. The triple jump history goes back thousands of years ago. It was first known to be an event that was held during the Tailteann games in county Meath, Scotland during the year 1829 BCE.
The event was heavily influenced by the ancient Greeks and Irish. It was in ancient Greece that this event was just as it is called, a triple jump. A competitor would perform three long and continuous jumps and then land directly into a sandpit. This would go on as a huge favorite sporting event for years to come.
When the modern Olympics began in 1896, this type of sporting event adopted a technique of just two hops and one long jump. This hop and hop then jump routine turned into the method which was then used in the earlier era of modern Olympics. The method involved an athlete to land two times right on the same foot in which he took off on and then would execute the jump.
The more modern version of this sporting event was introduced to the Olympics year later, was called the hop, step and jump. The redefined technique had the jumper landing on his take off leg during the first jump.
The first medals earned was towards the end of the inaugural Olympics back in 1896. During that time this athletic type of jump was used by two hops and a jump. But after the modern version came along it was then established in the Olympics games to stay and always practiced.
The skills and knowledge of this athletic event are quite necessary as it helps make this sports event quite specialized in competition. This event is known as the most anticipated event in track and field competition in the Olympic games and it is also an event that sure pleases the spectators who are attending the games. Because of its history and skills this type of event will certainly remain as one of the best track and field events well in to the future of athletic competition.