Portugal’s Pichardo wins men’s Olympic triple jump gold

Pichardo took the lead with his first attempt of 17.61m. (AP pic)

TOKYO: Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo won gold in the men’s triple jump at the Tokyo Games today with a leap of 17.98m, earning his country’s fifth Olympic gold medal.

China’s Zhu Yaming produced a personal best of 17.57m for silver and Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso finished with bronze (17.47m).

Pichardo took the lead with his first attempt of 17.61m and no other competitor could match it.

He set the national record on his third jump.

American Will Claye, who finished second in London and Rio behind compatriot Christian Taylor, finished fourth.

Taylor was unable to defend his title in Tokyo after suffering an Achilles injury in May.

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