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Caterine Ibarguen wins Colombia's first Olympic gold in athletics ever

Caterine Ibarguen wins Colombia's first Olympic gold in athletics ever

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 15, 2016

 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 14 (efe_epa).- Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia won the triple jump at the Rio Summer Games, with the best leap of 15.17 meters on her fourth attempt and snatched Colombia's first Olympic gold medal in athletics ever.

Ibarguen, who came to Rio as the hot favorite for gold, finally added gold to the silver medal she won four years ago at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Venezuelan rising star Yulimar Rojas, 20, the reigning world indoor champion, showed no sign of physical discomfort from the semi-final round and claimed the silver medal with her best jump of 14.98.

While Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova, the 2012 Olympic champion, won the bronze medal with her best personal record of the year with a jump of 14.74 in her fifth attempt.

Ibarguen, who holds a best personal record of 15.31, achieved on July 18, 2014, will now seek to make a leap that exceeds 15.50 meters to smash Ukraine's Inessa Kravets's world record of 15.50m set in 1995.

Colombia jumped from 27th to 17th place in the medal standings: with two golds and two silvers, as Yuberjen Martinez today also won another silver in the men's lightweight boxing, making this Olympics the best in Colombia's sports history.

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