2019 Paris Diary: Hugues-Fabrice Zango sets African record and WL of 17.58m!

Zango_Hugues-Worlds18.jpgHughes-Fabrice Zango, photo by PhotoRun.net
Zango 17.58 and Kendricks 584 World leads
PARIS (FRA, Jan 27): Burkina Faso's Hugues-Fabrice Zango set an outright African record and world lead of 17.58m to win the triple jump at the Meeting de Paris Indoor (EA Permit) before 7402 spectators. Zango already held the African indoor record with 17.23m and surpassed the outdoor mark of 17.37m as well. Sam Kendricks also cleared a world-leading height of 5.84m in the pole vault on his first attempt although Renaud Lavillenie was a non-starter after feeling some pain in his hamstring during warm-up. After clocking a 7.15 PB in the 60m heats, Orlann Ombissa-Dzangue won the final in 7.24 (bit was accompanied by officials after possible cramp) with Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji awarded the same time while Ivory Coast's Gue-Arthur Cisse and Ghana's Sean Safo Antwi were given a joint victory in the men's 60m in 6.60 (6.597) ahead of Slovak Jan Volko 6.64. Croatia's Andrea Ivancevic and Hungary's Luca Kozak were also given the same time of 8.07 in the women's 60m hurdles while Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega edged out Aurel Manga in the men's 60m hurdles, 7.63 to 7.64. World decathlon record-holder Kevin Mayer just missed out on a place in the final with 7.81 in the heats (0.02 off his PB) and also cleared 5.35m in the pole vault.

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