Venezuelan Rojas jumps with a world record distance to triple jump Olympic victory
Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela crowned her first Olympic triple jump victory with a world record. The two-time world champion flew in Tokyo on Sunday in her last attempt to 15.67 meters and then made huge jumps for joy. “I can not find any words. I can’t describe this feeling and this moment, ”said the 1.92 meter tall athlete. “Gold medalist with an Olympic record and a world record, wow! It’s a fantastic night. “
Rojas trumped Inessa Krawez’s record by 17 centimeters: the Ukrainian jumped 15.50 meters at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg. On February 21, 2020, the South American had already improved the indoor world record held by Russian Tatyana Lebedewa since 2004 in Madrid by seven centimeters to 15.43.
Rojas had already secured gold with 15.41 meters before the last round before jumping any further. Silver went to the Portuguese Patricia Mamona (15.01), with a national record, and bronze to the Spaniard Ana Peleteiro (14.87). Caterina Ibarguen, the 2016 Olympic champion from Colombia, was only tenth this time with 14.25 meters. Neele Eckhardt-Noack (Göttingen) and Kristin Gierisch (Chemnitz) were eliminated in the qualification.