Eugene, Ore. ( Associated Press) – Triple Jump, Triple Gold. This time there was no world record in any major event, but there was a gold which made her a three-time champion.
And an audience who paid tribute to his show.
Yulimar Rojas won his third gold at the World Athletics Championships on Monday, clinching the final with a jump of 15.47m, a far cry from the world records set during his previous two major events: the Tokyo Olympics and the Indoor World Cup held in Belgrade last year. In March only.
The 26-year-old Venezuelan has created uncertainty for the World Cup after missing last month’s athletic meet in Madrid due to an iliopsoas injury to his left leg. After that absence, he did not speak to the press.
But at the Hayward Field track it was more than expressive. And if in previous weeks she had been covered with a veil of mystery, the only thing that covered her on a sunny and windy afternoon when she arrived at the jump lane at Hayward Field was the hood of her sweatshirt.
As he was introduced to thunderous applause, he opened his head, showing his hair dyed golden. Later, he took it upon himself to receive a medal to match.
The jumper, born in a humble home in the small town of Pozuelos facing the Caribbean, now has a scepter that connects those achieved at the London 2017 and Doha 2019 World Cups.
He thus surpassed the two gold medals won by his predecessor Colombian Caterín Ibarguen on the triple jump world throne. Never before has a woman been crowned three times in a World Cup triple jump.
Rojas took the lead with his first jump of 14.60. Jamaica’s Shaneika Ricketts put her best in the first round, reaching a distance of 14.89.
But the 26-year-old record holder jumped 15.47 to immediately make it clear who the boss was. And he was never at a loss again.
From that moment on, her efforts focused on finding a better record that would probably bring her closer to the 15.74m she had set in the Serbian capital, where she broke the 15.67 she herself had set to act in a magical moment in Tokyo. was set up for. The Olympics, despite the fact that there were no public due to the pandemic.
The lack of enthusiasm in the stands was not a problem on Monday. Rojas has been in charge of laying eggs on him ever since he took off that hood. He shouted, shook hands, clapped.
And of course he beat his rivals.
In his third attempt, he jumped to a distance of 15.24. The next one, which looked great, was invalidated from the air and violated in the fifth.
On the last two occasions in which he had set a record, Rojas achieved it on his sixth and last attempt. Not at this time.
He put his hand on his head when he came to know that he was only left at 15.39.
Silver went to Ricketts, with the jump that put him on top of the moment, and bronze went to American Tory Franklin with 14.72.