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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


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.


"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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