Colombia's Ibarguen wins triple jump gold

16 Août, 2016, 01:31 | Auteur: Lynn Cook

- Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia won the triple jump at the Rio Summer Games, with the best leap of 15.17 meters on her fourth attempt and snatched Colombia's first Olympic gold medal in athletics ever. Ibarguen's gold was Colombia's second of Rio 2016, after Oscar Figueroa's weightlifting win.

In the case of South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk, running out of lane 8 for the final of the men's 400 did nothing to keep him from either taking gold or shattering Michael Johnson's world and Olympic records. "I'm very happy and proud to represent my country".

Expectations surrounding the 32-year-old reigning World Champion were high following her dominance over the last four years - indeed Ibargüen had only been beaten on one occasion in 36 international competitions.

Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas was second with a leap of 14.98m, while Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova took the bronze medal after jumping 14.74m.

Keturah Orji, a student-athlete for the University of Georgia, finished fourth.

The men's triple jump will begin Monday morning. "I dedicate this medal to the people of Venezuela".

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