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Tokyo 2020: Yulimar Rojas breaks 26-year-old WORLD RECORD with final effort to win Olympic gold in women’s triple jump

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YULIMAR ROJAS shattered a 26-year-old WORLD RECORD in the women's triple jump to storm to Olympic gold.

The Venezuelan, 25, hopped, skipped and jumped her way to an historic gold with a monumental 15.67m with her final effort.

The jump convincingly beat the previous world record of 15.50m, set by Ukrainian Inessa Kravets in Gothenburg in August 1995.

Rojas - who won silver at Rio 2016 - had set the bar high with a 15.41m from her very first jump.

She failed to improve on it until the very last leap - with gold already guaranteed.

But Rojas - world champion in 2017 and 2019 - left jaws on the floor after adding 17cm to the world record with her outrageous attempt inside the Tokyo National Stadium.

With victory in Japan, she became Venezuela's first-ever female gold medal winner.

After her epic leap, Rojas revealed she was confident she could break the world record on Sunday.

She said: "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.

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"I focused on giving my best, enjoying, and it came out."

Patricia Mamona took silver for Portugal with a 15.01m jump - all of 66cm behind Roja.

Spain's Ana Peleteiro sealed the bronze medal with a 14.87m effort.

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