|Men's triple jump|
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Pictogram for athletics
|Date||23 September 1988 (qualifying)|
24 September 1988 (final)
|Competitors||43from 31 nations|
|Winning distance||17.61 OR|
The men's triple jump event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entry list of 45 competitors, with 43 athletes from 31 nations starting in two qualifying groups (43 jumpers) before the final (12) took place on Saturday September 24, 1988. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Khristo Markov of Bulgaria, the nation's first medal and victory in the men's triple jump. Igor Lapshin and Aleksandr Kovalenko of the Soviet Union took silver and bronze in an event that the Soviets had reached the podium eight consecutive Games before the 1984 boycott.
This was the 21st appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The returning finalists from the 1984 Games were sixth-place finisher Willie Banks of the United States, ninth-place finisher Joseph Taiwo of Nigeria, and tenth-place finisher John Herbert of Great Britain. Banks had broken the world record in 1985, but "was no longer at his best in 1988." The favorite was Khristo Markov of Bulgaria, the 1987 World and 1986 European champion. The Soviet team, which had dominated the event before the 1984 boycott, also had three strong contenders.
Algeria, Angola, Belize, Bermuda, Cyprus, Ecuador, Kuwait, Libya, Mozambique, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines each made their first appearance in the event; the Republic of China made its first appearance as Chinese Taipei. The United States competed for the 20th time, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.
The competition used the two-round format introduced in 1936. In the qualifying round, each jumper received three attempts to reach the qualifying distance of 16.90 metres; if fewer than 12 men did so, the top 12 (including all those tied) would advance. In the final round, each athlete had three jumps; the top eight received an additional three jumps, with the best of the six to count.
Prior to the competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Willie Banks (USA)||17.97||Indianapolis, United States||16 June 1985|
|Olympic record||Viktor Saneyev (URS)||17.39||Mexico City, Mexico||17 October 1968|
Aleksandr Kovalenko broke the Olympic record with his first jump in the final round, at 17.42 metres. This lasted only until Khristo Markov's first jump (Kovalenko jumped sixth, Markov jumped tenth) of 17.61 metres, which held up as the gold medal winning jump and new Olympic record. Kovalenko's second jump (17.40 metres) and Igor Lapshin's sixth jump (17.52 metres) also surpassed the old Olympic record.
|Friday, 23 September 1988||10:10||Qualifying|
|Saturday, 24 September 1988||12:30||Final|
|1||Igor Lapshin||Soviet Union||17.37||--||--||17.37||Q|
|2||Aleksandr Kovalenko||Soviet Union||17.24||--||--||17.24||Q|
|3||Oleg Protsenko||Soviet Union||17.00||--||--||17.00||Q|
|7||Willie Banks||United States||16.57||--||--||16.57||q|
|10||Charles Simpkins||United States||16.00||16.27||16.35||16.35||q|
|13||Vernon Samuels||Great Britain||15.85||16.28||16.07||16.28|
|16||John Herbert||Great Britain||16.01||16.17||16.18||16.18|
|22||Jorge da Silva||Brazil||15.95||15.63||15.87||15.95|
|23||Jonathan Edwards||Great Britain||13.66||15.66||15.88||15.88|
|24||Park Young-Jun||South Korea||15.79||15.79||15.86||15.86|
|27||Nai Hui-Fang||Chinese Taipei||15.74||15.42||15.49||15.74|
|28||Abdul Marzouk Al-Yoha||Kuwait||15.62||15.72||15.60||15.72|
|29||Robert Cannon||United States||14.33||15.69||X||15.69|
|33||Ernesto Torres||Puerto Rico||15.44||15.35||15.59||15.59|
|37||Haider Ali Shah||Pakistan||14.88||14.57||X||14.88|
|38||Lennox Adams||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||14.44||14.73||14.68||14.73|
|--||António dos Santos||Angola||X||--||--||No mark|
|Milan Mikulas||Czechoslovakia||X||--||--||No mark|
|--||James Browne||Antigua and Barbuda||DNS|
|Khristo Markov||Bulgaria||17.61 OR||X||15.71||17.54||X||17.10||17.61||OR|
|Igor Lapshin||Soviet Union||16.75||17.09||X||X||X||17.52||17.52|
|Aleksandr Kovalenko||Soviet Union||17.42 OR||17.40||X||X||--||X||17.42|
|4||Oleg Protsenko||Soviet Union||17.38||X||X||17.31||X||16.61||17.38|
|5||Charles Simpkins||United States||16.62||X||X||--||X||17.29||17.29|
|6||Willie Banks||United States||X||17.03||16.90||--||16.86||X||17.03|
|9||Joseph Taiwo||Nigeria||X||16.46||16.27||Did not advance||16.46|
|10||Norbert Elliott||Bahamas||16.19||X||16.08||Did not advance||16.19|
|11||Didier Falise||Belgium||16.06||X||16.17||Did not advance||16.17|
|12||Norifumi Yamashita||Japan||15.62||X||X||Did not advance||15.62|