Venezuelan Rojas sets new women’s triple jump world record

Rojas poses in front of an electronic board displaying her new world record. (AP pic)

TOKYO: Venezuela’s two-time world champion Yulimar Rojas set a new world record as she won Olympic gold in the women’s triple jump today.

Rojas jumped 15.67m on her sixth and final jump in Tokyo, smashing the previous best of 15.50m set by Ukraine’s Inessa Kravets in 1995.

Portugal’s Patricia Mamona won silver with a national best of 15.01m.

Spain’s Ana Peleteiro jumped 14.87m, also a national record, on her fifth attempt to deny Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts bronze by 3cm.

Rojas won world titles in 2017 and 2019 and took a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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