Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo wins gold in men's triple jump

Pedro Pichardo of Portugal becomes men’s triple jump Olympic champion with new national record

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Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo won the Olympic triple jump title with abest leap of 17.98m, a national record.

The 28-year-old set his best mark in round three at the Olympic Stadium.

ZHU Yaming of People’s Republic of China took silver with a personal best jump of 17.57m, while Burkino Faso's Hugues Fabrice Zango secured the bronze with 17.47m - his country's first Olympic medal.

"It was always one of my dreams to win the Olympic gold,” said Pichardo. “This is what I have been doing (triple jump) since I was six years old. 

“I feel a huge sense of happiness and I still have plenty of dreams ahead of me.”

“This was a very good competition, a tough field,” he added. “All the athletes were so strong, so that makes me feel even better about winning the gold medal.”

Two-time Olympic gold winner and four-time world champion triple jumper Christian Taylor missed the Tokyo Olympics due to injury.

This meant that a new Olympic champion would be crowned. Up stepped Pedro Pichardo.

The Portuguese triple jumper leapt into the lead with his first jump of 17.61m and was never really troubled.

He improved on his distance in the third round with a mark of 17.98m.

Zhu, Zango and Will Claye of the USA did their best to catch Pichardo, to no avail.

Zhu’s best jump, 17,57, came in the fifth round and Zango’s, 17.47, in the third. 

Claye, the one of the favourites for gold in the absence of Taylor, produced a jump of 17.44m, which put him into second place for a while.

But none of them could match 28-year-old Pichardo, won his first Olympic medal. 

"Today I reached my personal best twice and I was very satisfied,” said Zhu. “It was a good competition given that I did not have the chance to attend many competitions beforehand, so I'm very glad to have this medal."

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