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Yulimar Rojas wins gold and sets new world record in women’s triple jump

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Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Yulimar Rojas traded silver in Rio for gold in Tokyo and put up a World Record as the first woman to triple jump over 51 feet Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas went to Tokyo as the odds-on favorite to win the triple jump at the Olympics. And that’s exactly what she did — setting a new record along the way.

Rojas hopped, skipped and jumped to Olympic gold, while smashing a world record that was set two months before she was born. Her effort of 15.67 meters (51 feet, 4.93 inches) broke the record of 15.50 meters set by the first women’s world champion in the event, Inessa Kravets of Ukraine (August 1995).

After her historic effort, Rojas leaped out of the pit when she realized how far she had flown. The 2020 Outsports LGBTQ Female Athlete of the Year is the first woman to clear the 51-foot barrier in the triple jump.

From the start, Rojas sent a message that nothing less than gold would do. Her mark of 15.41 meters set a standard the rest of the field couldn’t reach. At 25 years old, Rojas has been South American champ, Pan-Am Games champ, world indoor champ, and […]

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