History for Burkina Faso! Triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango claims bronze as African country wins its first ever Olympic medal… and becomes the 100th country in the history of the Games to win an athletics medal
Hugues Fabrice Zango from Burkina Faso made history on Thursday when he claimed his country’s first-ever Olympic medal in the men’s triple jump.
The 28-year-old, who also won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, jumped 17.47 meters to claim third place on the podium.
Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo won gold with a jump of 17.98 meters to claim his first Olympic title, while China’s Zhu Yaming took silver at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium with 17.57.
Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice Zango claimed his country’s first-ever Olympic medal
The 28-year-old won bronze in the men’s triple jump and celebrated his podium finish (above)
And with Zango’s medal for Burkina Faso, the African nation becomes the 100th country to win a medal in athletics at the Olympics.
For Thursday’s final, Zango aimed for the gold medal in an attempt to make history.
“I have a mission, so I must do my best to get the gold back to Burkina Faso,” he said.
On the empty stadium, the triplex said: ‘Every sport likes to celebrate wins or accept defeat with the crowd, but we try to be as professional as possible. We will try to do our best.’
Pedro Pichardo from Portugal won gold with a jump of 17.98 meters to claim his first Olympic title
Cuban-born Pichardo posted his winning distance on his third attempt at his first Olympic title.
He previously won silver medals at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships representing Cuba.
In the meantime, Zango took part in the Olympic Games in Rio five years ago and was also present at two world championships.