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TRIVIA Question: When was the last time someone doubled and medalled in Long Jump and Triple Jump at the Olympic Games?
Before London, the answer was 1936 by a Japanese guy!
In London 2012, it was Will Claye of USA (duh, the headlines gave away the hint!) who came 3rd in the Long Jump and 2nd in the Triple Jump.
Doubling in the two horizontal jumps is quite demanding from the pounding in the legs, so some jumpers alternate take-off feet. (I doubled, but always used my right foot for take-off)
BTW, Mike Conley (Arkansas, USA) was also an awesome LJ-TJ-200m guy back in my days, and I actually beat him in the TJ back in 1985… well, technically.
American-born Italian Andrew Howe was an impressive doubler with a 8.47 Long Jump and 16.27 triple jump.
Will Claye Weight Training Session
Note how Will is trying to resemble the actual motions as in his event with extra resistance… take off and hopping.