Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas set a new world record in women’s triple jump after winning gold in the Olympic event last Aug. 1.
On her sixth and final jump, Rojas jumped 15.67 meters, breaking the world record set by Ukrainian Inessa Kravets in 1995.
Rojas’ victory marks the first world record of the athletics program of the Tokyo Olympics and it makes her the first Venezuelan woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
Rojas’ world-breaking record jump came after her first jump of 15.41 meters, breaking the Olympic record set by Cameroonian Francoise Mbango in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“I am lost for words. I can’t describe this feeling and this moment. Gold medal winner, with an Olympic record, and a world record. Wow. It is a fantastic night,” Rojas, 25, said after the event.
Portuguese Patria Mamona won silver at the event, setting a national record of 15.01 meters.
Spanish Ana Peleteiro, who won bronze, also set a national record of 14.87 meters.
Rojas won silver at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and won world titles in 2017 and 2019.
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