Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 7-10 July 2016.

Qualification for the Men’s Triple Jump competition at the European Championships  threw up a few surprises, including a break of over one hour due to a broken take-off board. That delay may well have contributed to the elimination of experienced jumpers such as Nelson Évora, Marian Oprea and Nathan Douglas, as well as 17m jumper this season, and one of the pre-event favourites, Harold Correa of France.

The first jumper back on the runway following the interruption during qualification was Germany’s Max Hess, silver medallist at this year’s World Indoor Championships, who showed what a threat he was as he bounded out to a windy 16.93m. Equalling that mark was Poland’s Karol Hoffman, and these two jumpers proved to be the outstanding performers in the final 2 days later.

Great Britian’s Julian Reid lead the final at the end of Round 1 thanks to a 16.76m opener, just 9cm short of the Olympic Qualifying Mark he was seeking in Amsterdam. Hess had fouled his opening effort, but jumping first in Round 2 he reached out, with a spectacular jump phase, to a new PB and European Leading mark of 17.20m. Hoffman replied with his 2nd Round mark of 16.96m into a 1.0ms headwind, hinting that the competition was far from being in the bag in Hess. That was confirmed in Round 3 as Hoffman hit a new PB himself with 17.16m, just 4cm off the lead.

While Hess passed his 3rd and 4th jumps before 2 fouls in the last 2 Rounds, Hoffman continued to press and, following a Round 4 foul, he showed good form with 16.93m and 16.92m in the last 2 Rounds but had to settle for silver. Reid’s opening leap was good enough to move back to the top of the British rankings this year and a bronze medal, but for many of the field the competition was a disappointing affair. These included home jumper Fabian Florant, 10th with 16.23m, and reigning European Champion Benjamin Compaoré who, despite 17m form indoors this year, could only muster 16.12m to finish 12th.

1. Max Hess (Germany) 17.20m (+0.5m/s) (PB) (EL)
2. Karol Hoffman (Poland) 17.16m (+0.1m/s) (PB)
3. Julian Reid (Great Britain) 16.76m (+0.5m/s)
4. Momchil Karailiev (Bulgaria) 16.65m (+0.1m/s)
5. Maksim Niastiarenka (Belarus) 16.63m (+0.4m/s)
6. Seref Osmanoglu (Turkey) 16.55m (-1.4m/s)
7. Georgi Tsonov (Bulgaria) 16.53m (+0.7m/s)
8. Pablo Torrijos (Spain) 16.34m (+0.7m/s)
9. Elvijs Misans (Latvia) 16.32m (+0.1m/s)
10. Fabian Florant (Netherlands)16.23m (-0.8m/s)
11. Dzmitry Platnitski (Belarus) 16.18m (-0.4m/s)
12. Benjamin Compaoré (France) 16.12m (-0.5m/s)

The Women’s European Final was a far more open and competitive affair than the Men’s event with the gold medal being decided late into the final round with a National Record.

Poland’s Anna Michalska Jagaciak had set a new PB of 14.33m in leading the Qualifying Rounds and continued that form as she hit a 14.31m opener to join one of the pre-event favourites, Paraskevi Papachristou, at the top of the early leaderboard.

Papachristou improved to 14.45m in Round 2 while Susana Costa hit 14.25m to move into 3rd, just ahead of Olha Salduka, chasing her 4th European outdoor title, with 14.23m. Into Round 3 and Israel’s Hanna Minenko, who had hit 2 fouls with her 2 opening efforts, attacked once more and hit 14.51w (+2.9m/s) to leapfrog the field to the top of the leaderboard. Moving into bronze medal position was Portugal’s Patricia Mamona with another windy effort of 14.38w (+2.6m/s), displacing her compatriot Costa who responded with 14.23m in Round 4 and a new PB of 14.34m in Round 5.

Michalska Jagaciak also improved in Round 5 to 14.32m, just 1cm behind her PB, and then found 14.40w (+3.2m/s) with her last jump to move into 3rd place. Having been demoted from a podium place Mamona responded with the very next jump and hit not only a medal-winning jump but a new National Record of 14.58m to move into the competition lead. With her last jump Papachristou improved to her best of the day, 14.47m into a 1.0m/s headwind, while Minenko could only No Jump, meaning that Mamona had added the gold medal to her silver from the 2012 competition.

1. Patricia Mamona (Portugal) 14.58m (+0.8m/s) (NR)
2. Hanna Minenko (Israel) 14.51w (+2.9m/s)
3. Paraskevi Papachristou (Greece) 14.47m (-1.0m/s)
4. Anna Michalska Jagaciak (Poland) 14.40w (+3.2m/s)
5. Susana Costa (Portugal) 14.34m (+0.0m/s) (PB)
6. Olha Saladukha (Ukraine) 14.23m (-0.6m/s)
7. Jenny Elbe (Germany) 14.08m (+1.7m/s)
8. Kristin Gierish (Germany) 14.03m (-2.0m/s)
9. Kristiina Mäkelä (Finland) 13.95m (+1.5m/s)
10. Dariya Derkach (Italy) 13.89m (-1.0m/s)
11. Dana Velďáková (Slovakia) 13.74m (+1.8m/s)
12. Lucie Májková (Czech Republic) 13.70w (+3.1m/s)

Written by iTripleJump

A Triple Jumper for over 35 years - from an over-hopping junior to a county-level senior - I still enjoy jumping in national and international Masters competitions in the event that has gripped me since my first hop, step and jump onto a springless PE mat. Waiting for that perfect jump. That one perfect jump ...

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