Hugues Fabrice Zango won Burkina Faso’s first-ever Olympic medal after claiming bronze in the men’s triple jump final on Aug. 5 in Tokyo.
Zango claimed the third spot on the Olympic podium after jumping 17.47 meters in the final, coming after Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo, who won gold with a jump of 17.98 meters, and China’s Zhu Yaming, who won silver with a jump of 17.57 meters.
Zango’s victory came on the same day as his country’s 61st Independence Day.
The West African country’s President Roch Marc Kabore described Zango’s win on Twitter as a “national pride.”
“It is a pleasure for me to be the first medalist for my country in the Olympics. It is a good thing for us,” Zango, 28, said after the event, according to BBC Sport.
Zango, who holds the indoor triple jump world record of 18.07 meters, however said that he was “a bit sad because I wasn’t able to produce my best performance and this is what makes the medal not as good as I wanted.”
“I will try to push to continue training hard for the Paris Olympics to make history for my country,” Zango said.
Zango also won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Burkina Faso has joined Turkmenistan and San Marino as the countries to win their first-ever Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Burkina Faso’s participation at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marks their tenth Olympic appearance.
Burkina Faso had joined the 1972 Munich Games, then started competing at each Summer Olympics since 1988 after a hiatus.
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