The triple jump has been ever present since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games in 1896.
The top twelve athletes from the three jumps in qualifying progressed through to the final where the qualifying distances are scrapped and they start afresh with another three jumps. After these the top eight athlete carry their record forward and then have a further three attempts to decide the gold medalist.
To qualify automatically athletes needed to jump 17 metres. As only nine competitors achieved this the three jumpers with the longest jumps not over this mark also progressed through to the final on August 22. All distances shown are in metres.<br>Q denotes automatic qualification.<br>q denotes fastest losers.<br>DNS denotes did not start.<br>DNF denotes did not finish.<br>NR denotes national record.<br>PB denotes personal best.<br>SB denotes season best.<br>medallists in bold