Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's triple jump
|Women's triple jump|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Dates||13 August 2016 (qualification)|
14 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||37 from 25 nations|
|Winning distance||15.17 m|
Before the competition, 2015 World Champion Caterine Ibargüen of Colombia had the longest jump of the season with 15.04 m. Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova entered as the defending Olympic champion from 2012 and had been the first athlete to beat Ibargüen that year, ending her rival's 34-meet-long winning streak. Twenty-year-old Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas was the only other athlete over fifteen metres that season and had won the 2016 World Indoor Championships. The remaining top challengers formed the 2016 European Championships podium – Patricia Mamona of Portugal, Greek jumper Paraskeví Papahrístou (third on the world rankings), and 2015 world medallist Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko of Israel.
Ibargüen topped qualifying with her sole jump of 14.52 m. Papahrístou and Rypakova were the only other automatic qualifiers, both requiring two attempts. It took 14.08 m to make the final. All the main contenders progressed with Germany's Kristin Gierisch and Finn Kristiina Mäkelä posting the next best marks. A 2012 Olympic medallist and former world champion, Olha Saladuha of Ukraine, failed to progress.
In the final, on the third jump of the competition, Keturah Orji took the lead with an American record 14.71 m (48 ft 3 in). Four jumps later, defending champion Olga Rypakova edged ahead with 14.73 m. The final jumper in every round of the competition, Caterine Ibargüen moved into bronze medal position with 14.65 m. In the second round, Ibargüen took the lead she would never relinquish, with a 15.03 m. In the third round Yulimar Rojas jumped 14.87 m to take over the silver medal position she would not relinquish. Rojas jumped her best in the fourth round, 14.98 m (49 ft 1 3⁄4 in) and Ibargüen followed that with her best of 15.17 m (49 ft 9 in). In the fifth round, Rypakova jumped her best of 14.74 m but the tiny improvement was not enough to improve the color of her medal.
On the second day of the Athletics program, Ibargüen became the first Olympic athletics champion from South America to be crowned on South American soil. Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva became the second. By the conclusion of the Olympics, Ibargüen, Rojas and da Silva were the only medalists from continental South America.
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).
|Saturday, 13 August 2016||09:40||Qualifications|
|Sunday, 14 August 2016||20:55||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Inessa Kravets (UKR)||15.50 m||Göteborg, Sweden||10 August 1995|
|Olympic record||Françoise Mbango Etone (CMR)||15.39 m||Beijing, China||17 August 2008|
The following national records were established during the competition:
|United States||Keturah Orji (USA)||Final||14.71 m|
|Portugal||Patrícia Mamona (POR)||Final||14.65 m|
Progression rules: Qualifying performance 14.30 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final
|5||A||Kristiina Mäkelä||Finland||13.73||14.01||14.24||14.24||q, PB|
|12||B||Keturah Orji||United States||x||14.08||x||14.08||q|
|15||B||Christina Epps||United States||14.01||x||x||14.01|
|19||A||Jeanine Assani Issouf||France||13.51||x||13.97||13.97|
|21||A||Andrea Geubelle||United States||13.67||x||13.93||13.93|
|27||B||Ana José Tima||Dominican Republic||13.61||13.59||13.28||13.61|
|36||B||Joëlle Mbumi Nkouindjin||Cameroon||13.11||12.33||12.58||13.11|
|4||Keturah Orji||United States||14.71||x||x||14.50||14.40||14.39||14.71||NR|
|9||Susana Costa||Portugal||x||x||14.12||Did not advance||14.12|
|10||Anna Jagaciak-Michalska||Poland||14.07||x||13.84||Did not advance||14.07|
|11||Kristin Gierisch||Germany||13.65||13.96||x||Did not advance||13.96|
|12||Kristiina Mäkelä||Finland||x||13.95||13.70||Did not advance||13.95|
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