An operations research approach to the triple jump

Jack Brimberg, Bill Hurley, Shaul P. Ladany

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There are wide-ranging views among track and field experts regarding the optimal strategy to use in the triple jump. The controversy pertains to the effort which should be expended in each of the hop, step, and jump phases. In this paper, we develop a dynamic programming approach for finding the optimal strategy. The results of our model support a recent shift in opinion in favour of a jump-dominated technique. However, the improvement is marginal, and hence, the best strategy may in the end be athlete specific.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Management and Marketing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Dynamic programming
  • Track and field
  • Triple jump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing


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