Yulimar Rojas BREAKS 26-year world record with her final jump of Tokyo 2020, while winning Olympic gold in women’s triple jump
Yulimar Rojas set a new world record to win gold in the women’s triple jump.
The Venezuelan catapulted herself into first place with an effort of 15.41m from her very first jump of the evening and, from her last attempt with already guaranteed gold, she set 15.67m.
It was EUR 0.17 million better than the previous benchmark, which was established in Sweden in 1995 by Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets.
Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas broke the women’s triple jump world record by winning gold
Rojas, 25, broke Inessa Kravets’ 26-year record with her final jump of the Tokyo Olympics
“I was looking for it, I knew we had that distance in my legs to make it today. I kind of failed in the technical aspect, but the last jump was one to give it my all, and that’s how it was,” she said.
“I focused on doing my best, enjoying myself, and it came out.”
The win made Rojas Venezuela’s first woman Olympic champion.
Rojas took the Olympic gold with her first jump of the night, with a huge target of 15.41 m
Patricia Mamona (right) from Portugal took silver and Spain’s Ana Peleteiro (left) won bronze
Rojas was the big favorite in the field and set a huge milestone with her first jump.
Portugal’s Patricia Mamona made a jump of 15.01 m which was enough to take silver, while Spain’s Ana Peleteiro won bronze with 14.87 m.
Rojas improved on her Olympic silver medal in Rio in 2016, while also being a two-time world champion from London in 2017 and Doha in 2019.