Caterine Ibargüen has extra reason to (triple) jump for joy…
The 32-year-old Colombian track & field star leapt 15.17 meters (49’9.25) to win the gold medal in the Women’s Triple Jump on Sunday night at the 2016 Rio Games, improving on her silver medal from the 2012 London Games.
Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela won the silver with a jump of 14.98 meters and Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova finished third with a leap of 14.74 meters.
Rypakova won the event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a leap of 14.98 meters, beating out Ibargüen, who leapt 14.80 meters. Ibargüen won the world title in 2015 in Beijing with a leap of 14.90 meters. She didn’t quite match her personal best of 15.31 meters, but it was good enough for gold on Sunday.
Ibargüen jumped 15.03 meters in the second round, but improved upon it with a 15.17-meter leap in the fourth round. She never looked back, as no other jumper was able to clear the 15-meter mark.