Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas Shatters Triple Jump World Record, First Female Gold Medalist from Country

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela had high hopes coming into these Games.

Rojas, a triple jumper, thought she could make a bid for the world record, which had stood for 26 years. In doing so, she also thought she could become the first woman from Venezuela to win an Olympic gold medal. She won the silver medal in the event at the 2016 Rio Games.

On Sunday evening in Tokyo, she did both. Rojas, 26, leapt 15.67 meters, shattering the 1995 record of 15.50 set by Inessa Kravets of Ukraine.

Rojas began sprinting in excitement after realizing her accomplishment, putting her hands over her face in awe.

PatrĂ­cia Mamona of Portugal won the silver, and Ana Peleteiro of Spain came in third.