Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen was ecstatic after finally winning the one-piece of silverware missing in her career, leaping 15.17m to win GOLD in Women’s Triple Jump at Rio Olympics.
It was a Season’s Best (SB) for Ibarguen who was making her last Olympic appearance, coming close in 2012 when she won Silver at the London Games, but now the 2015 World champion went a step further to get her hands on the top prize.
Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas lived up to expectation coming to the Olympics as a World indoor champion, and she won Silver with a mark of 14.98m. Meanwhile, 2012 Olympic champion Olga Rypagova won Bronze an SB of 14.74m.
Ibarguen showed that she meant business when in her second attempt she leapt to 15.03m, establishing a gap with other athletes. In fact no other athlete on the field got to 15m.
Rojas aside her winning time was able to jump 14.95m in her 6th attempt, and she was the closest challenger who could have pipped Ibarguen.
Ibarguen has been dominant since 2012 that she lost GOLD, and has only lost just once in a competitive Triple Jump since then.