Yulimar Rojas BREAKS 26-year-old world record with her final jump of Tokyo 2020 as she wins Olympic gold in the women’s triple jump
Yulimar Rojas set a new world record en route to winning gold in the women’s triple jump.
The Venezuelan catapulted herself to top spot with a 15.41m effort from her very first jump of the evening and, from her last attempt with gold already guaranteed, she put in 15.67m.
It was 0.17m better than the previous benchmark, set by Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets in 1995 in Sweden.
Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas broke the women’s triple jump world record in winning the gold
Rojas, 25, broke Inessa Kravets’ 26-year-old record with her final jump of the Tokyo Olympics
‘I was looking for it, I knew we had that distance in my legs to get it today. I was failing a bit in the technical aspect but the last jump was one to give everything, and it was like that,’ she said.
‘I focused on giving my best, enjoying, 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, setting a huge target of 15.41m
Patricia Mamona (right) from Portugal took silver and Spain’s Ana Peleteiro (left) won bronze
Rojas was the strong favourite among the field and laid down a huge marker with her first jump.
Portugal’s Patricia Mamona landed a 15.01m jump that was enough to take silver, while Spain’s Ana Peleteiro won bronze with 14.87m.
Rojas improved on her Olympic silver medal at Rio in 2016, while she is also a two-time World champion from London in 2017 and Doha in 2019.