It may surprise you to know that the triple jump take off is most like the pole vault than any other event. The track spikes for the triple jump are also built and angled the same as pole vault spikes. When preparing to take off in any jumping event, it is important to maintain maximal speed while setting up for the jump.
In the triple jump, there is no lowering of the jumpers' center of mass at the penultimate step as there is in the high jump and the long jump. Triple jumpers are not converting their speed at take off into vertical speed; they still need to move horizontally into the three jump phases.
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