Yulimar Rojas was proclaimed Pan American champion by jumping 15.11 meters last Friday, August 9, in the Lima women’s triple jump test 2019, obtaining the best world record of the year.
From the beginning of the competition, Rojas positioned himself at the top with 14.90 meters, but it would be her fourth attempt that would give her the gold. The Venezuelan athlete managed to take the glory by breaking the record for the event, which was held by the Colombian Caterine Ibargüen, with 14.92 meters in Mexico 2011.
Rojas also broke her personal record of 15.06 m (Huelva, Spain) and is getting closer to the historic word record set by Inessa Kravets from Ukraine in 1995.
The second place went to the Jamaican Shanieka Jodian, with 14.77 meters obtained for the first time, while the bronze was earned by the Cuban Liadagmis Povea, who reached 14.60 meters.
Although a historic final was expected between Rojas and Ibargüen, her main rival, the Colombian withdrew from contest with an injury last Tuesday.
It is the first gold in the Pan-American for the Venezuelan athlete, who already has the title of world champion, Olympic medalist, two-time world champion on an indoor court and three-time world champion in indoor long track.
She is also a world champion outdoors in the specialty of the triple jump, among other awards.
This medal, along with the other gold medal won by Karateka Antonio Díaz, raises the golds win by Venezuela to six, placing the South American country in 12th place on the medal table.
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Translated by JRE/EF