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What is Olympic Long Jump?


What is Olympic Long Jump? An event that requires great speed, the Olympic long jump frequently features standout sprinters challenging long jump specialists for gold medal glory.


The jumper must take off in front of the far edge of the takeoff board. Somersaults are not permitted. Jumpers must land in the sand pit. Jumps are measured from the nearest impression made in the pit by any part of the jumper’s body.


The sole of a long jumper’s shoe can have a maximum thickness of 13 millimeters.

The long jump runway is at least 40 meters long. Competitors may place as many as two markers on the runway to aid their approach.


Athletes in the long jump must achieve an Olympic qualifying jump and must qualify for their nation’s Olympic team. A maximum of three competitors per country may compete in the long jump.

After passing through a qualifying round, the top twelve jumpers compete in the Olympic long jump final. Each finalist takes three jumps, then the top eight jumpers receive three more attempts. The longest single jump during the final wins.

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