Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump
|Men's triple jump|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Dates||15 August 2016 (qualifying)|
16 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||48 from 34 nations|
|Winning distance||17.86 m|
The top entrant was Christian Taylor of the United States, who was the defending 2012 Olympic champion and the 2015 World Champion. The second best athlete of all-time, he held the season's top mark at 17.78 m. He had been beaten by Will Claye at the American Olympic Trials, who was second on the world rankings and runner-up at the previous Olympics. Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo (the 2015 world silver medallist and fourth best of all-time) entered but had not performed highly that year. The 2016 World Indoor Champion Dong Bin started as the fourth best on the world lists. India's Renjith Maheswary and American Chris Benard filled out the world's top five of 2016. The event had enjoyed a resurgence globally and an unusually large starting field of 48 athletes had made the qualifying grade.
The final was barely dramatic. On the third jump of the competition, Dong Bin jumped his personal best of 17.58 m (just 1 cm less than the Asian continental record) to take the lead. Four jumpers later, Christian Taylor jumped 17.86 m (58 ft 7 in) which proved to be the gold medal winning jump. Three jumps after Taylor, Will Claye jumped a personal best 17.76 m to take over silver medal position. The 1 cm improvement moved him into the #23 position of all time. From a medal perspective, the next five rounds were unnecessary, none of the medalists improved and no other athlete seriously challenged their position. Taylor jumped 17.77m two times during those subsequent rounds, either of those jumps would have still edged Claye for the win. Taylor and Claye repeated their medals from 2012.
The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete jumped three times (stopping early if they made the qualifying distance). At least the top twelve athletes moved on to the final; if more than twelve reached the qualifying distance, all who did so advanced. Distances were reset for the final round. Finalists jumped three times, after which the eight best jumped three more times (with the best distance of the six jumps counted).
|Monday, 15 August 2016||09:30||Qualifications|
|Tuesday, 16 August 2016||09:50||Finals|
Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Jonathan Edwards (GBR)||18.29 m||Gothenburg, Sweden||7 August 1995|
|Olympic record||Kenny Harrison (USA)||18.09 m||Atlanta, United States||27 July 1996|
|2016 World leading||Christian Taylor (USA)||17.78 m||London, United Kingdom||22 July 2016|
The following record was established during the competition:
|16 August||Final||United States||Christian Taylor||17.86 m||2016 World Leading|
The following national record was established during the competition:
|Colombia||Jhon Murillo (COL)||Final||17.09 m|
Qualification rule: qualification standard 16.95 m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||B||Christian Taylor||United States||17.24||17.24||Q|
|3||A||Will Claye||United States||16.43||16.76||17.05||17.05||Q|
|4||B||Nelson Évora||Portugal||16.48||16.72||16.99||16.99||Q, SB|
|11||B||Xu Xiaolong||China||x||16.35||16.65||16.65||q, SB|
|16||B||Chris Benard||United States||x||16.44||16.55||16.55|
|21||B||Godfrey Khotso Mokoena||South Africa||15.13||16.51||16.44||16.51|
|24||B||Mamadou Cherif Dia||Mali||x||16.45||16.19||16.45||SB|
|27||B||Kim Deok-hyeon||South Korea||x||16.13||16.36||16.36|
|34||B||Hugues Fabrice Zango||Burkina Faso||15.99||x||x||15.99|
|A||Muhammad Halim||Virgin Islands||x||x||x||NM|
|A||Pedro Pablo Pichardo||Cuba||DNS|
|Christian Taylor||United States||17.86||17.77||x||17.77||x||x||17.86||SB|
|Will Claye||United States||17.76||x||x||17.61||x||17.55||17.76||PB|
|9||Alberto Álvarez||Mexico||16.26||16.56||16.47||Did not advance||16.56|
|10||Benjamin Compaore||France||15.53||16.54||16.47||Did not advance||16.54|
|11||Xu Xiaolong||China||16.41||x||16.29||Did not advance||16.41|
|12||Karol Hoffmann||Poland||16.31||x||x||Did not advance||16.31|
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