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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Triple Jump

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: KAZ Olga Rypakova
Silver: COL Caterine Ibargüén
Bronze: UKR Olha Saladukha

Summary

The 2011 World Champion had been Ukrainian Olha Saladukha, who was world ranked #1 for the year. She followed Kazakh jumper Olga Rypakova, ranked #1 in 2010 after winning the 2010 World Indoors, who had placed second at the 2011 Daegu Worlds. The bronze medalist at Daegu had been Colombian Caterine Ibargüén, and the three came to London as the medal favorites along with Cuban Yargelis Savigne, ranked #2 in the world in 2010 and 2011.

Rypakova opened the final with 14.54 to take the early lead. In round two, Ukrainian Hanna Kniazeva moved ahead with 14.56. But Rypakova bounded 14.98 in round three, a mark that would bring her the gold medal, as Ibargüén improved in that round to 14.67 and second place. Saladukha was only fifth after the first three rounds, by virtue of her 14.48 in round two. No changes in medal positions occurred in the fourth or fifth rounds, with Ibargüén and Knyazyeva holding second and third. Saladukha improved to 14.53 in round four and 14.51 in round five, but only moved up to fourth. But on her final jump, she burst out to 14.79 to move into second, albeit briefly, as three jumpers later Ibargüén responded nicely with 14.80 to win the silver medal, Saladukha taking silver. Rypakova's winning mark of 14.98 was the shortest ever to win Olympic gold, the previous shortest being Tereza Marinova's (BUL) 15.20 to win at Sydney in 2000. The London medalists were the same as at the Daegu World Championships, but the order was changed.

Savigne was never a factor and placed ninth. Fifth-place went to a former Cuban national, Yamilé Aldama, who was competing for her third completely unrelated nation at the Olympics. Aldama finished fourth at the 2000 Olympics for Cuba, competed for the Sudan in 2004 and 2008, and in 2012, was competing for Great Britain.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Olga Rypakova 27 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold
2 Caterine Ibargüén 28 Colombia COL Silver
3 Olha Saladukha 29 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Hanna Kniazeva 22 Ukraine UKR
5 Yamilé Aldama 39 Great Britain GBR
6 Kimmie Williams 23 Jamaica JAM
7 Trecia Smith 36 Jamaica JAM
8 Viktoriya Gurova 30 Russia RUS
9 Yargelis Savigne 27 Cuba CUB
10 Tatyana Lebedeva 36 Russia RUS
11 Marija Martinović-Šestak 33 Slovenia SLO
12 Dana Velďáková 31 Slovakia SVK
13 Patrícia Mamona 23 Portugal POR
14 Ayanna Alexander 30 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
15 Hanna Demydova 25 Ukraine UKR
16 Dailenys Alcántara 20 Cuba CUB
17 Veronika Mosina 21 Russia RUS
18 Simona La Mantia 29 Italy ITA
19 Josleidy Ribalta 22 Cuba CUB
20 Keila da Costa 29 Brazil BRA
21 Svetlana Bolshakova 27 Belgium BEL
22 Mayookha Johny 24 India IND
23 Xie Limei 26 China CHN
24 Niki Panetta 26 Greece GRE
25 Biljana Mitrović-Topić 34 Serbia SRB
26 Patricia Sarrapio 29 Spain ESP
27 Amanda Smock 29 United States USA
28 Aleksandra Kotlyarova 23 Uzbekistan UZB
29 Anastasiya Zhuravlyova 30 Uzbekistan UZB
30 Li Yanmei 22 China CHN
31 Irina Litvinenko-Ektova 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
32 Andriana Banova 25 Bulgaria BUL
33 Athanasia Perra 29 Greece GRE
AC Cristina Bujin 24 Romania ROU NM
AC Kseniya Priyemko-Detsuk 26 Belarus BLR NM