She may have had to settle for silver at the 2012 London Games… But that wasn’t the case this time around for Caterine Ibargüen.
The 29-year-old Colombian track star prevailed in the women’s triple jump on Thursday at the IAAF World Athletic Championships, giving her country its first-ever international title in the sport.
Ibargüen, who was unbeaten this year coming into the contest at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, took the gold medal with a leap of 14.85 meters, a margin of 4 centimeters over Russia’s Ekaterina Koneva.
Ukrainian jumper Olha Saladuha picked up the bronze medal.
The reigning Olympic gold medalist, Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan, did not compete.
Saladuha, winner of the bronze medal in London and the defending European champion, was favored ahead of Thursday’s heats, though Ibargüen had beaten the Ukrainian all four times the two women faced each other this year.
“I have great support from all Colombia, from the Olympic Committee, from the Federation, and even more from the excellent coach I have now, Ubaldo Duani. He has created a lot of confidence in me and has given me an incredible mental strength,” said Ibargüen.
“Gold for Caterine, who shines from Moscow in the World Athletic Championship,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Twitter.
“Historic for Colombia, what pride,” the president tweeted.