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British number one Cameron Norrie continued his preparations for the upcoming French Open with a straight-set win at the ATP event in Lyon.

Top seed Norrie, ranked 11th in the world, won 6-4 6-4 against Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo to reach the quarter-finals.

The 26-year-old had been troubled by a foot injury in Rome last week.

Meanwhile, Liam Broady was one of three British players to win their first-round French Open qualifying matches.

Broady, 28, started his bid for consecutive appearances in a Grand Slam main draw - which he has never done - with a 6-0 4-6 6-0 victory against Argentina's Renzo Olivo.

Fellow Britons Paul Jubb and Yuriko Miyazaki also progressed in Paris, with Jubb beating American Christopher Eubanks 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (10-4) and Miyazaki winning 6-3 6-3 against Swiss opponent Ylena In-Albon.

The trio have two more rounds of qualifying to get through to reach the main draw, which starts on the Roland Garros clay on Sunday.

However, Katie Swan and Ryan Peniston are out after losing their respective matches against Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova and Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

Jay Clarke, who was Britain's other representative in qualifying, was beaten on Monday,

Elsewhere, British women's number two Heather Watson lost 6-1 6-1 to Poland's Magda Linette at the WTA tournament in Strasbourg.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are grouped together for the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced on Tuesday. They will go out at 9:11 a.m. ET on Thursday and 2:36 p.m. ET on Friday at Southern Hills.

This is the first time that the three players have been grouped together in a PGA Tour event, according to Tour stats.

They all, however, have experience competing against one another. Here’s how the three players have fared head-to-head in PGA Tour stroke-play events:

Woods vs. McIlroy, 24 rounds:

Woods leads, 12-9-3. Woods also defeated McIlroy in the quarterfinals of the 2019 WGC-Match Play. This is the third time that these two have been grouped in the first two rounds of this major (2018, 2020). Woods leads in PGA rounds, 2-1-1.

Woods vs. Spieth, 15 rounds:

Spieth leads, 8-6-1. They played together in the first two rounds of the 2019 U.S. Open, with Woods shooting 70-72 and Spieth shooting 72-69. Their other major battle was Round 3 of the 2014 Open Championship. Spieth shot 69 to Woods’ 73.

Spieth vs. McIlroy, 33 rounds:

Dead heat, 14-14-5. They have been grouped five times previously in majors: 2018 U.S. Open, 2016 Masters, 2015 PGA, 2014 Open Championship, 2014 Masters. Prior to Woods and Spieth playing Rd. 3 together at Hoylake in ’14, Spieth and McIlroy played the first two rounds alongside one another. McIlroy shot 66-66 to Spieth’s 71-75, as McIlroy went on to claim the claret jug.

The Amundi Evian Championship announced this week an increase in the major championship's prize money to $6.5 million – up $2 million from last year.

One of the five major tournaments in women's golf, the tournament will now offer its winner a $1 million prize, with the remainder distributed to the entire field.

By comparison, Minjee Lee earned $675,000 for her first major win at the 2021 championship.

Players who do not make the cut will also receive unofficial earnings.

In an official release from the LPGA Tour, the association said, "The Amundi Evian Championship has continually asserted its ambition to promote women’s performance in sport and take part in growing women’s golf."

The purse increase comes after other LGPA majors have increased their purses in recent years. The USGA recently doubled the U.S. Women's Open prize to $10 million for 2022, and last summer, the AIG Women's British Open announced a $5.8 million prize fund – both unprecedented in women's golf.

This year, the British Open is increasing its prize by $1 million to $6.8 million.

The LPGA has assembled a record prize fund of more than $90 million for the 2022 season, with the winner of the CME Group Tour Championship set to receive the biggest check in women's golf: $2 million.

“Elevating the purse of this major championship makes a powerful statement about the value and status of the women’s game and the strong commitment of Amundi, Danone, Evian and Rolex to advancing the LPGA and our world-class athletes," said LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan.

The 2022 Amundi Evian Championship will be held at the Evian Resort Golf Club from July 21-24 in Evian-les-Bains, France.

U.S. youth keeper Slonina called up by Poland

Published in Soccer
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 11:24

The Chicago Fire FC's Gabriel Slonina, an 18-year-old viewed as a goalkeeper of the future for the U.S. national team, was listed on Poland's 39-man roster announced by coach Czesław Michniewicz on Tuesday ahead of four Nations League matches next month.

Sources have told ESPN that there is "no update yet" on whether Slonina will accept the call-up.

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Slonina, who turned 18 on Sunday, became Major League Soccer's youngest starting goalkeeper last Aug. 4 at 17 years, 81 days, in a 0-0 draw against New York City. He started 11 league matches last season. including the final 10, and has started the first 11 this year.

Born in Addison, Illinois, and of Polish descent, Slonina attended U.S. national team training camps in December and January but did not get into any matches. He has played for the U.S. at several youth national team levels.

Under FIFA rules, a player may appear into up to three matches for a national team before turning 21 without being tied to the team.

Slonina is among five goalkeepers on Poland's roster, joining starter Wojciech Szczesny of Juventus and Bartłomiej Drągowski of Fiorentina, Kamil Grabara of FC Copenhagen and Lukasz Skorupski of Bologna.

Zack Steffen of Manchester City and Matt Turner of New England, who is transferring to Arsenal this year, shared the U.S. starting job during World Cup qualifying, and Ethan Horvath and Sean Johnson also were on the roster.

Poland hosts Wales on June 1 and Belgium on June 14, and is at Belgium on June 8 and the Netherlands on June 11.

ESPN's Jeff Carlisle contributed to this report.

Shaqiri edges Chicharito as MLS' top-paid

Published in Soccer
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 11:24

The Chicago Fire FC's Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer's highest-paid player with a guaranteed compensation of $8.15 million, according to salary data published Tuesday by the MLS Players Association.

Shaqiri beat Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez of the LA Galaxy for the top spot, with the Mexico international guaranteed $6m. Inter Miami's Gonzalo Higuain ($5.79m), Toronto FC's Alejandro Pozuelo ($4.69m), the New England Revolution's Jozy Altidore ($4.26m), Atlanta United's Josef Martinez ($4.14m) and LAFC's Carlos Vela ($4.05m) -- the highest paid player this time a year ago -- rounded out the top six earners.

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All data is as of April 15, 2022, so it doesn't include already announced acquisitions -- such as Toronto FC's signing of forward Lorenzo Insigne from Napoli -- that will arrive when the summer transfer window opens on July 7.

The MLSPA said the average base salary for senior roster non-Designated Players increased from $397,753 in 2021 to $438,728 in 2022, an increase of 10.3 percent. This figure doesn't include players making the senior minimum ($84,000) or reserve minimum ($65,500) salaries.

The average guaranteed base compensation for the entire player pool is $472,008 up 11.5 percent from the May, 2021 mark of $423,232. The salaries of players at the bottom of the wage scale continues to improve, as the league's median guaranteed base compensation was $248,333, up 18.25 percent from the May 2021 mark of $210,000.

MLS and the MLSPA are in the second year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was agreed upon in February of last year. That deal was the third such agreement in roughly a year due to MLS invoking a force majeure clause as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current CBA runs through the end of the 2027 season.

In terms of team payroll based on guaranteed base compensation, Atlanta United's is the highest at $21m, with the LA Galaxy ($20.13m), Inter Miami CF ($18.88m), the New England Revolution ($18.14m) and Chicago ($17.65m) completing the top five. Real Salt Lake ($10.48m) had the lowest payroll, followed by expansion side Charlotte FC ($10.71m), the Portland Timbers ($11.31m), the Colorado Rapids ($11.39m) and Orlando City ($11.51m).

It's worth noting that New England's numbers are inflated because Altidore's previous club, Toronto, is paying a portion of the player's salary after the Reds used their one-time buyout of a guaranteed contract on him last February.

The Seattle Sounders FC -- recently crowned winners of the CONCACAF Champions League -- ranked sixth at $16.98m, while reigning MLS Cup champions New York City FC were seventh at $15.54m.

Matthew Fisher is unlikely to feature for England this summer after scans revealed that his back injury was worse than initially feared.

Fisher, 24, made his Test debut in Barbados in March as a late replacement for the unwell Craig Overton and took a wicket with his second ball, having John Campbell caught behind. He finished with match figures of 1 for 71 but would have been in contention for the first Test of the summer if fit, not least with a swathe of English fast bowlers unavailable through injury.

Fisher was initially diagnosed with a "stress reaction" in his back following Yorkshire's win against Gloucestershire in their first County Championship fixture this season and was expected to miss a month of cricket.

But the Daily Mail reported on Monday evening that Fisher had suffered a stress fracture and Yorkshire confirmed in a statement that he is "set for a longer spell on the sidelines" than first thought.

"Fisher's rehabilitation program has been progressing well and the club's medical staff will continue to monitor and work with the young fast bowler with his long term performance in mind at all times," Yorkshire said.

"Initially I'd said four weeks," Ottis Gibson, their head coach, had said on Sunday. "But further reports from the medical team seem to suggest that's going to be a slower process than anticipated. Because of his injury history, we're going to have to take a more cautious approach with him."

Fisher is expected to miss the majority of the 2022 summer and it is highly unlikely he will have bowled enough overs to be considered for their final Test against South Africa, which starts on September 8.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Fisher's Hundred team, Birmingham Phoenix - for whom he signed a £50,000 contract last month - have already started to look at replacement options in the expectation that he is unlikely to play any part in the tournament, which runs from August 3-September 3.

Tom Helm, who played for Phoenix in 2021 but was not retained and went unsigned in the draft, is understood to be the frontrunner after a bright start to the Championship season with Middlesex.

Does anyone remember Chris Dehring? Those of a certain age might raise an eyebrow of recognition at a name that, in the years leading up to the 2007 World Cup, was the ubiquitous, plausible face of West Indies cricket - first as the man who spearheaded the WICB's successful bid, then as the Managing Director and CEO of the ICC's rather less successful staging of the tournament itself.

It took barely 24 hours after that tournament's farcical finish, in near total darkness in Barbados, for Dehring to disappear off the face of the game. Overnight, his mobile phone appeared to take a dive for Davy Jones' Locker, pre-empting that of Rebekah Vardy's agent, as he moved onwards and upwards to his next executive calling - a five-year chairmanship of Cable & Wireless Jamaica, as it turned out.

You get the sense from Tom Harrison's furtive departure from his seven-and-a-half year tenure at the ECB that a similar evaporation is on the cards. It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that he might yet find his way back into a role within cricket - a sport that he played professionally as a young man and about which he does care deeply, contrary to the impression that he's often given off. After all, there's always room in this sport for someone who can land a good rights deal.

But after the controversies of the past few months, it's hard to believe he'll have any interest in a third innings in the game. In keeping with the traditions of the modern uber-executive, whatever gratitude there might have been for Harrison's service has long since been traded in for a golden handshake - specifically his share of the ECB's £2.1 million bonus pot, which (awkwardly) also happens to be just £100,000 less than the current level of the board's once-flush reserves.

For the bottom line will always be the bottom line when it comes to appraising Harrison's legacy. Even after his "we're-all-in-it-together" gesture of a 20% pay cut during the pandemic, the ECB's top man was still paid more than half a million pounds in 2020, and that figure rose north of £700,000 during the board's years of plenty in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup. No matter how weighty his responsibilities - and that era since 2015 has thrown up an abundance of crises that have required his first-hand intervention - it is still a sickening sum of money to be siphoning off from the sport, and a distracting one as well, given how much his final pay-cheque has overshadowed his dying days in the job.

The issue of remuneration cuts both ways, of course - it wasn't so long ago that Giles Clarke, the last of the ECB's blazer-breed who predated the onset of Harrison's suits and shirt-sleeves, would seek to justify every one of his autocratic whims by pointing out that, technically, he wasn't paid a penny during his tenure as chairman (although his expenses account took quite the pounding).

At the apex of cricket's culture war sits the ongoing racism scandal - a catastrophic blow to the sport's public image, and one that has been especially humiliating to Harrison in his final months in the role

Is it preferable that English cricket's senior executive is a professional in the most literal sense, and an exorbitantly paid one as well, given the sums that he in turn should expect from the deals he brings in? Probably … even allowing for the dysfunction that he leaves behind him in the boardroom, where since October there has been no chairman on hand to unseat him and, until this past fortnight, no structure beneath him to oversee the most fundamental cricket-focused aspect of its existence. This speaks to a wider truth, that the ECB on Harrison's watch has become too unwieldy to discharge its basic duties to the game. And for that he has been roundly complicit.

Tellingly, there was no mention in Harrison's farewell press release of the most divisive aspect of his reign - his zealous driving-through of the Hundred, a competition that may have made sense on the boardroom notepaper on which it was brain-stormed, but less so when unleashed as a fourth format in an already overwhelmed summer schedule.

Instead of easing the burden on Tests as English cricket's bread-winner, the Hundred's existence has hastened their nosediving standards by driving four-day cricket out of the summer's prime months. And if anyone knows of the whereabouts of 50-over cricket - the format that England ghosted on the morning of July 15, 2019 after a passionate four-year affair - approximately 4.5 million casual viewers on Channel 4 might be moderately intrigued to find out.

Therein lies the oddity of Harrison's seven-year reign. It contained around its mid-point one of the greatest glories any administration could ever hope to oversee - two, in fact, if you include the magnificently "disruptive" achievement of England's women on the same ground two years earlier. Given the chaos of his early weeks in the job in 2015, with humiliation at the preceding World Cup coupled with the unresolved saga of Kevin Pietersen's sacking, Harrison clearly deserves some credit for setting the game's sights on a home World Cup, a notion that his forebears in 1999 never came close to contemplating

But ultimately it was the players, not the administrators, who delivered that trophy with a display of unforgettable tenacity when the stakes were at their highest. It's easy to forget now, but until the euphoria of that run-out in the Super Over against New Zealand, the mood music of English cricket had been a gut-clenching, gnawing dread. While Eoin Morgan's men kept their eyes on the prize as best they could, the board was already deep into a furiously silent and NDA-littered game of tug-of-war with the counties as the Hundred spluttered unconvincingly into existence.

Harrison's board won the argument in the end, but in breaking the counties' centuries-old hold on the sport, it seems they broke too the ECB's very raison d'etre. Its purpose (not always realised, mind you) used to be to draw together the various disparate strands of the game at every level, and create - at the very top of its pyramid - an England team that could win the big series, and thereby perpetuate a level of interest into each coming generation.

Ever since the ECB committed its original sin of selling the sport to the highest bidder, however, it's not been quite that simple. Harrison wasn't complicit in that decision, of course - and his finest hour in the job, the £1.1 billion rights deal in 2017 that brought free-to-air TV, ever so tentatively, back to the game, was an important first step in righting the wrongs of the past.

However, his fixation with revenue streams, over and above the human side of sport - and specifically with establishing the Hundred as a failsafe for the dreaded day when international cricket ceases to pay the bills - has fostered an air of rancour and barely suppressed civil war that has only served to hasten that date in the first place.

"It is about giving more people the opportunity to be part of cricket's future" was Harrison's oft-repeated mantra, most particularly in the lead-up to the competition's soft-launch in May 2019, when it seemed the ECB's preferred route to this new market was to apologise loudly and offensively about everything that the game's existing fans held dear, and trample over generations of softly-sold affection to access the take-it-or-leave-it types at Mumsnet - for whom such well-meaning but ultimately under-delivering initiatives as All Stars Cricket were less about inculcating a lifetime's love of the sport, and more about an hour's childcare during the summer months.

The disdain was felt across the game - most particularly by those young enough to have been active cricketers around the time of the 2005 Ashes, and who remember both the nationwide euphoria that accompanied that summer's Ashes, and the decade of silence that followed it. Instead of showing gratitude to a generation whose own kids are now propping up the sport's participation levels, their fandom has been taken for granted at every turn, and their faith in the game eroded by avoidable insults - particularly on social media, where the silence that greeted the start of this year's county season was at stark odds with the blow-by-blow updates from a distinctly underwhelming Hundred draft.

And at the apex of this culture war sits cricket's ongoing racism scandal - a catastrophic blow to the sport's public image, and one that has been especially humiliating to Harrison in his final months in the role.

On the one hand, the explosion of testimony from Azeem Rafiq in the first instance, and scores of others thereafter, is a vindication of Harrison's zealous belief that the county system was not sufficiently appealing to those outside of its auspices - way back in 2015, he hired a cultural education specialist to instil in the ECB leadership a basic understanding of the game's most populous demographics, and three years later, the South Asian Action Plan was launched to bridge the disconnect with the communities that provide some 30% of the sport's recreational players, but just 4% of the professional game.

It's hard to deny he recognised the issues before they had gone mainstream - and in 2020, when the Black Lives Matter movement exposed historic grievances in the game's already withered Caribbean heritage, Harrison's response was honest and heartfelt.

And yet, when push has come to shove on the public stage - most particularly during his desperately uncomfortable appearances before the DCMS select committees - Harrison has been reduced to a stuttering, management-speak cipher. The buzzwords with which he has ruled a succession of boardrooms hold no sway in the cut-and-thrust of parliamentary inquiry, and he was similarly scorched by Mehmooda Duke's resignation as Leicestershire's chair last November - Duke, the only minority-ethnic female in such a role, was understandably reluctant to be paraded as proof of the ECB's hard-won EDI credentials.

There are aspects of Harrison's legacy that may take time to reveal themselves fully. The strides taken in the women's game are clear to see, for all that the England team itself is at another crossroads, and if nothing else, the configuration of the Hundred as an equal opportunities competition (if not yet equal pay…) is the most obvious means to ensure year-on-year "growth" - the capitalist dream. After all, given the current levels of investment in the format, a sport that barely had a professional footing a decade ago has nowhere to go but up.

And then there's the stewardship of the Covid pandemic - not merely the navigation through the summer of 2020, an impressive display of on-the-hoof crisis-management (albeit tainted by the redundancies at the end of it), but the long-term attempts to manage the health and well-being of England's players. The human cost of the bubble lifestyle is not yet fully realised, but in setting out to mitigate the impact of the players' attempts to "keep the lights on", Harrison tried to show he cared.

Ultimately, however, leaders can only be judged by results. And as he leaves office with the game failing by every measure that has ever exercised public opinion - be it matters of money, morals or pure sporting endeavour - there's really no way of saying he has left the game better than when he found it.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket

TULSA, Okla. -- Tiger Woods' quest for a fifth PGA Championship victory will start Thursday on the back nine of Southern Hills Country Club.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, will play in a featured group with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth in the first two rounds. The threesome will tee off on No. 10 at 9:11 a.m. ET in Thursday's first round and on No. 1 at 2:36 p.m. Friday in the second.

Other featured groups include Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa, the top three players in the Official World Golf Ranking. They will tee off on No. 1 at 2:36 p.m. ET on Thursday and on No. 10 at 9:11 a.m. Friday. Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay and Justin Thomas will tee off on No. 1 at 2:14 p.m. ET on Thursday and on No. 10 at 8:49 a.m. Friday.

Woods, 46, last won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in 2007. Another victory would give him 83 victories in his PGA Tour career, which would break his tie with Sam Snead for most all time.

"We're all happy that Tiger is here, obviously," Rahm said Tuesday. "We're extremely happy. Who would have said over a year ago that he would be competing in major championships again? ... You know, he's Tiger. He's a competitor. He's going to try to win every single time, and anytime he tees up, the world wants him to win."

Woods will be playing in his second official event since he was seriously injured in a car wreck outside Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021. He said doctors nearly had to amputate his right leg. He finished 47th at the Masters in April, his first event in nearly 17 months.

Woods said earlier this week that his surgically repaired right leg felt stronger than it did at Augusta National Golf Club, where he struggled while walking the sloping fairways on the weekend.

"Six weeks is a long enough time to recover from that week and then build yourself back up again," McIlroy said. "He certainly hasn't chosen two of the easiest walks in golf to come back to, Augusta and here. But no, he's stubborn, he's determined. This is what he lives for. He lives for these major championships, and if he believes he can get around 18 holes, he believes he can win."

There will also be much attention this week on Spieth, who will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam by winning the PGA Championship. At 28 years old, Spieth would be the third youngest to accomplish the feat in the Masters era, behind only Woods (24) and Jack Nicklaus (26).

MRI shows continued healing of deGrom's injury

Published in Baseball
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 10:32

The New York Mets announced Tuesday that an MRI performed Monday on Jacob deGrom's right shoulder blade revealed continued healing of a stress reaction that has sidelined him all season.

"He will continue to build distance and velocity in his throwing program, and we will provide an update on his progress when appropriate," the team said in a statement.

The expectation has been that deGrom, who is on the 60-day injured list, will be sidelined until at least June.

The two-time National League Cy Young winner got hurt late in spring training, leading the Mets to shut him down after an elbow sprain in his pitching arm sidelined him after July 7 of last year.

The Mets, who are 23-13 entering Tuesday's games, are atop the National League East even with their ace sidelined. Offseason additions Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt have led a pitching staff that is ranked third in the NL with a 3.40 ERA.

The Mets also announced Tuesday that starting right fielder Starling Marte was placed on the bereavement list Monday.

Triple jump or long jump – which one is harder?

Published in Athletics
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 01:59
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Carl Lewis, the nine-time Olympic and eight-time world champion, asked a simple question on Twitter: is the long jump the most challenging track and field event? According to him, only doing the long jump opens one to the challenge and tact it takes to make the long jump correctly and perfectly. Therefore, ensues a long-overdue debate: between the long jump and the triple jump, which one is much harder for athletes? We will look at evidence that contributes or refutes to each of these sides on this site. Let’s dive in.

The Triple Jump

The triple jump starts with a sprint, three big steps after crossing the board, a hop, a step, and the final jump before landing on the sand. The sprint gives the triple jump the speed to make the jump. The difficulty in the jump comes from making and controlling the steps before the jump.

The coordination needed to keep the speed throughout the three stages is challenging since every step must be controlled. The athlete’s posture, which should be upright when jumping but folded when landing, also affects the length of the jump.

The Long Jump

The long jump starts with a sprint, three quick steps, a jump from the board with one leg, and ends with both feet landing on the sand. A long jump elite can reach 22 miles per hour because speed is necessary to ensure the jump is long. But the take-off jump also requires power. Still, the jumping and landing posture for the long jump is similar to that of the triple jump.

Triple Jump vs. Long Jump

Performance for athletic jumpers is dependent on speed, height, and technique or power. But this is something both the long jump and triple jumpers do. But because a triple jump requires the hop, step, and jump, many people presume that it is much more complex than the long jump.

Why? The three steps can slow down the athlete’s speed, thus, requiring them to use more strength to make a more significant jump. On the other hand, athletes like Carl Lewis, who have competed in the long jump for decades, believe that the sport is more challenging because of the tact required to hit the board at a certain angle and maximum velocity.

So, which one is more challenging? According to science, landing the hop and the step phases in the triple jump takes more effort and tact than the long jump. The force a triple jumper exerts on the ground can be 22 times their body weight.

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This means that an athlete with 75kgs exerts a force that measures 1.6 tonnes. Remember that this is a force exerted while the athlete is standing on one leg. Additionally, it is the most tremendous force measured on a human limb that results from intentional activity.

That is also why athletes in the triple jump category often develop more muscular bones. Their shin and thigh bones become thicker and denser to accommodate the massive impact of the triple jump.

Don’t forget that the triple jumper must also include speed as a requirement to make a high jump, with the fastest athletes in the category taking off the board at 10.5 and 9.5 meters per second for men and women, respectively – these are speeds similar to those seen in long jump athletes at finals.

So, in a word, science dictates the triple jump is much more complicated than the long jump.

Still, It Is Subjective

Different people have varying conclusions on whether the triple jump is more complex than the long jump or vice versa. Both sports lack a single measurement, further sparks debate on whether one is even more complex than the other. Additionally, there is no measurement on which of the two is harder to train for or which is the hardest to reach a world-class level. So, while science determines the triple jump to be harder, the answer remains pretty much subjective.

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