Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

The men's triple jump event at the 2020 Summer Olympics is scheduled to take place between 3 and 5 August 2021 at the Japan National Stadium.[1] Approximately 35 athletes are expected to compete; the exact number will depend on how many nations use universality places to enter athletes in addition to the 32 qualifying through time or ranking (2 universality places were used in 2016).[2]

Men's triple jump
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
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Olympic Athletics
VenueJapan National Stadium
Dates3 August 2021
5 August 2021
Competitors~35 from ~25 nations
← 2016
2024 →


This will be the 29th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics.


A National Olympic Committee (NOC) could enter up to 3 qualified athletes in the men's triple jump event if all athletes meet the entry standard or qualify by ranking during the qualifying period. (The limit of 3 has been in place since the 1930 Olympic Congress.) The qualifying standard is 17.14 metres. This standard was "set for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with exceptional performances unable to qualify through the IAAF World Rankings pathway." The world rankings, based on the average of the best five results for the athlete over the qualifying period and weighted by the importance of the meet, will then be used to qualify athletes until the cap of 32 is reached.[2][3]

The qualifying period was originally from 1 May 2019 to 29 June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the period was suspended from 6 April 2020 to 30 November 2020, with the end date extended to 29 June 2021. The world rankings period start date was also changed from 1 May 2019 to 30 June, 2020; athletes who had met the qualifying standard during that time were still qualified, but those using world rankings would not be able to count performances during that time. The qualifying time standards could be obtained in various meets during the given period that have the approval of the IAAF. Both outdoor and indoor meets are eligible. The most recent Area Championships may be counted in the ranking, even if not during the qualifying period.[2][4]

NOCs can also use their universality place—each NOC can enter one male athlete regardless of time if they had no male athletes meeting the entry standard for an athletics event—in the triple jump.[2]

Competition formatEdit

The 2020 competition will continue to use the two-round format with divided final introduced in 1936. The qualifying round gives each competitor three jumps to achieve a qualifying distance (not yet set; 2016 used 16.95 metres); if fewer than 12 men do so, the top 12 (including all those tied) will advance. The final provides each jumper with three jumps; the top eight jumpers receive an additional three jumps for a total of six, with the best to count (qualifying round jumps are not considered for the final).[5]


Prior to this competition, the existing world, Olympic, and area records are as follows.

World record   Jonathan Edwards (GBR) 18.29 Gothenburg, Sweden 7 August 1995
Olympic record   Kenny Harrison (USA) 18.09 Atlanta, United States 27 August 1996
Area Distance (m) Wind Athlete Nation
Africa (records) 17.66 +0.5 Hugues Fabrice Zango   Burkina Faso
Asia (records) 17.59 +0.0 Li Yanxi   China
Europe (records) 18.29 WR +1.3 Jonathan Edwards   Great Britain
North, Central America
and Caribbean
18.21 +0.2 Christian Taylor   United States
Oceania (records) 17.46 +1.7 Ken Lorraway   Australia
South America (records) 17.90 +0.4 Jadel Gregório   Brazil


All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 3 August 2021 9:00 Qualifying
Thursday, 5 August 2021 9:00 Final


  1. ^ "Athletics Competition Schedule". Tokyo 2020. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Qualification System – Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Athletics" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ "IAAF to follow other sports with world ranking system for athletes". BBC Sport. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Olympic qualification period suspended until 1 December 2020". World Athletics. 6 April 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Athletics Explanatory Guide". Tokyo 2020. August 2019.