Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s Triple Jump – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 5, 2021. Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Portugal celebrates after winning gold with the flag of Portugal REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
August 5, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) -Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo won the men’s triple jump at the Tokyo Games on Thursday with a leap of 17.98 metres, giving his country its fifth Olympic gold medal.
China’s Zhu Yaming produced a personal best of 17.57m for silver and Hugues Fabrice Zango delivered Burkina Faso’s first Olympic medal after jumping 17.47m to take bronze.
Burkina Faso is the 100th nation to win an Olympic athletics medal.
Pichardo took the lead with his first attempt of 17.61m and no other competitor could match it. His 17.98m jump came on his third attempt and set a national record.
It was also the second-longest winning jump at an Olympics after American Kenny Harrison’s record leap of 18.09m at the 1996 Games.
Zhu, after jumping to his personal best with his fifth attempt, had one last chance to win gold. He placed a finger to his temple and took a deep breath before charging down the runway but came up well short.
American Will Claye, who finished second in London and Rio behind compatriot Christian Taylor, finished fourth. Taylor was unable to defend his title in Tokyo after suffering an Achilles injury in May.
Claye, who also finished second at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, shouted to himself “Give me more!” after a season’s best 17.44m third attempt pushed him into second place, before slipping out of medal contention.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Peter Rutherford)