There are two main types of triple jumpers: the speed jumpers and the power jumpers.
Speed jumpers have flatter and smoother strides while power jumpers step higher and may have varied stride lengths.
Most men have a run-up of 40-45 metres.
The women have a slightly shorter run up.
The men jump from a 20cm wide take-off board at a distance of 13 metres from the sand pit.
For women the distance is 11 metres.
The first hop and step are made using the same foot.
A good 17-metre jump is divided into steps of 6m+5m+6m.