Tokyo 2020 - Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas smashes triple jump world record with stunning leap for Olympic gold
Rojas had pushed close to the world record throughout the final and produced a staggering 15.67m to beat Inessa Kravets' record. The expressive Venezuelan screamed her delight as the distance was shown having already been confirmed as bettering her silver medal from Rio 2016. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
Yulimar Rojas of Team Venezuela celebrates in the Women's Triple Jump Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Rojas set a new world record at 15.67m
That would have been comfortably long enough to secure a gold she had long craved, but the Venezuelan saved her best for last to write her name into the record books.
Patricia Mamona of Portugal took silver with a 15.01 metre leap, while Ana Peleteiro jumped 14.87 metres to secure a bronze medal for Spain.
It appeared that Rojas might even be able to push further - her second phase, the step, appeared contracted after an enormous opening hop.
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Bronze medalist Ana Peleteiro of Team Spain, gold medalist Yulimar Rojas of Team Venezuela and silver medalist Patricia Mamona of Team Portugal celebrate on the track following the Women's Triple Jump Final on day nine of the Tok
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The two-time world champion nonetheless flew over the sand, crashing down to make history at Tokyo 2020.
Both Mamona and Peleteiro set national records, but proved unable to match the brilliant South American.
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