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What did you thinks of the Oregon World Champs? There were of course some great, great performances ... but for me as a jumps coach Pablo Pichardo stood out for a number of reasons - although perhaps (in the UK at least) his winning leap and gold was not celebrated as much as it should probably have been.
Pichardo's world-leading leap of 17.95 metres saw off Burkina Faso's Hugues Fabrice Zango and China's Yaming Zhu.
Pichardo is very much of the Cuban triple jump school with his approach run rhythm and his jumping style and "bounce". Do recall that Pichardo was born and developed his triple jump craft before switching to Portugal (see more below). Cuban jumpers are very explosive and have great "bounce". For reference other styles of jump are power, speed and strength. There is also what's known as the Polish style (flat trajectory and fast) and the Russian style which uses higher trajectories and greater strength.
Pichardo is also pretty unique in that he sets his hop phase up in a way not to dissimilar to a long jumper. As you can see in the video below he drops his hips and drives into the hop. This will enable more vertical velocity to be achieved for the hop ... most advice is to keep that to a minimum and to run flat through the take-off, keeping the take-off angle very slow circa 16%.
Some of my jumpers adopted the Pichardo set, but they are not springy enough nor fast enough to profit from it at this stage in their jumping. So, I encourage them to run fast and flat through the hop take-off - with control of course.
Setting up the hop is vital to a long triple jump and great confidence and technique is required to perform it optimally. The free thigh must drive forward and then drop down long as the hop leg is pulled through is a large arc. Lifting the arms and chest at take-off can aid the performance of a good hop. It takes time and practise to do this and initially it may be necessary to under hop and slow the approach down a little when developing the triple jumping craft.
There are plenty of videos on my channel looking at triple jump and the hop so do check these out. You can view one below.
World Triple Jump Final Event Report courtesy of RedBull
Pichardo came into the championship with the 2021 Diamond League triple jump crown and a 2022 World Indoor Championships silver medal to his name following his winning Olympic leap in Japan last August.
Before his switch to Portuguese nationality in December 2017 and competitive outings from August 2019, Pichardo earned two world outdoor silver medals and one world indoor silver medal for Cuba.
Pichardo led qualification with 17.16m.
In the final, Pichardo jumped 17.95m on his first attempt to claim the top spot on the podium from Zango's season's best of 17.55m for silver and Zhu's season's best of 17.31m for bronze . Significantly Pichardo also landed jumps of 17.92m, 17.57m and 17.51m to underline his superiority over the rest of the field,