Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas shatters world record to win gold in triple jump

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Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela set a world record in her final attempt on Sunday to win the women’s triple jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Rojas had already secured the gold medal when she took the last of her six attempts, finishing with a mark of 15.67 meters to break a record set by Inessa Kravets of Ukraine (15.50) in 1995.

Patricia Mamona of Portugal took silver with a jump of 15.01 meters, and Ana Peleteiro of Spain won bronze with a jump of 14.87. Rojas, Mamona, and Peleteiro each leapt to new national records for their respective countries.

Rojas, the two-time world champion in the event, won a silver medal in 2016 at the Rio Olympics.

Now, she is Venezuela’s first female Olympic gold medalist.