The Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas became this Monday the first athlete to achieve three triple jump world titles thanks to a mark of 15.47 meters that gave her gold in Eugene-2022.
Rojas, owner of the world record (15.74 meters), confirmed her overwhelming dominance of the discipline by beating Jamaican Shanieka Ricketts, who took silver with 14.89, and American Tori Franklin, bronze with 14.72 .
“This is a special competition for me. It’s my third consecutive world title. I haven’t figured it out yet.”Said a radiant Rojas after leaving the track at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Olympic champion in Tokyo-2020, Rojas now has three outdoor World Championship golds (2017, 2019 and 2022) and another three indoors (2016, 2018 and 2022).
Rojas, 26, sentenced the contest with a second jump of 15.47, the best mark of the season.
“It’s been a nice day, I can’t say it was one of my best days of competition, because it wasn’t. But I’ve left a good record.”he acknowledged.
On his return to the state of Oregon, where he won his first indoor world championships in Portland in 2016, Rojas wanted to give the public another feat like the two world records he has broken in less than a year.
At the Tokyo-2020 Games, she entered the Olympus of athletics with the first Olympic gold of a Venezuelan athlete and a first world record of 15.67 meters, which in March she lengthened to 15.74 at the Belgrade World Cup on indoor track.
“It’s true that (the medal) I don’t feel it the way I felt the World Cup in Belgrade, that I did it with a record”recognized the always self-demanding Rojas. “But it is very special because this city brings back many memories, I come from a short preparation, I overcame the time, the injury, everything that stood in the way of being able to achieve it”.
The Venezuelan, who suffered a minor muscle injury a month ago, was also not comfortable with the cool afternoon weather conditions at Hayward Field.
“Today it was a bit cold, very windy and I couldn’t find the best impulse race”, he claimed. “But we have fulfilled what we came here to do. Conquer the medal, jump over 15 meters and achieve the best world record of the year”, he stressed.
If last year his cry of happiness for the Olympic gold resounded in the empty stands of Tokyo, in Eugene Yulimar Rojas savored the support of around 10,000 fans asking for his support from the first jump.
After a murmur of disappointment for her first and discreet mark of 14.60 meters, the charismatic Venezuelan demanded that they have a little patience with her hands.
Jamaican Rickets, the last to jump further than Rojas in a competition in 2019, led the contest with a starting jump of 14.89 meters.
Rojas did not want to wait any longer and aroused general astonishment with a second jump of 15.47 meters that he now celebrated with the stands.
With his hair dyed blonde this time, Rojas first raised his knees imitating the classic celebration of basketball player LeBron James and then pointed to the court with his fingers, concluding the fight for gold.
Of her 11 rivals, only one had managed to exceed 15 meters in her career, the Portuguese Patrícia Mamona (15.01).
With his third world championship virtually in his pocket, the Venezuelan had four jumps ahead to attack other feats.
Just three centimeters away was the World Cup record, which will continue to belong to the Ukrainian Inessa Kravets (15.50).
Ahead was the world record and, on an unexplored frontier, his great personal goal of flying up to 16 meters.
“It is my most important goal for now and I know I am close. She is on my legs”, reiterated this Monday.
On the third attempt he stayed at 15.24. As in every turn, Rojas approached the first row to listen to his coach, the long jump Cuban multi-champion Iván Pedroso.
In the fourth and fifth jump he risked more than necessary and they were null. He had a sixth and final attempt left, with which he achieved the two world records that he has broken in the last year.
This time it was not “the jump of glory”, as Rojas calls it, as he stayed at 15.39 meters but Rojas quickly turned around, gave a cry of happiness and ran to the stands to look for a Venezuelan flag. to walk the track.
With this victory, the Caribbean country has three gold medals for Rojas and a bronze for Robeilys Peinado in the pole vault in London-2017.
(With information from AFP)
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