Hughes Fabrice Zango set a new world record today, going 18.07m in the triple jump today, Jan. 16, 2021.
Jon Mulkeen, the man known as @Statman_Jon, did this piece on World Athletics.
Aubiere 2011: Tamgho breaks world indoor record (17.91m)
Aubiere 2021: Zango breaks world indoor record (18.07m)
Before today, Tamgho was 15cm ahead of Zango on world indoor all-time list
Now, Zango is 15cm ahead of Tamgho on world indoor all-time listhttps://t.co/EeTAIpzFw9
— Jon Mulkeen (@Statman_Jon) January 16, 2021
World bronze medallist Hugues Fabrice Zango produced the first standout athletics moment of 2021 by sailing to a world indoor triple jump record of 18.07m* in Aubiere on Saturday (16).
The 27-year-old from Burkina Faso added 15 centimetres to the previous record, set by his coach Teddy Tamgho back in 2011, and becomes the first man to leap beyond 18 metres indoors.
He opened his series with a foul but then landed a valid 17.33m effort in round two. After another foul in round three, he improved to 17.61m and then 17.70m – just seven centimetres shy of his lifetime best.
Nouveau Record du Monde !
Hugues Fabrice Zango – 18m07 !
AubiÃ¨re – 16/01/2021
ðŸŽ¥ : SÃ©bastien Homo pic.twitter.com/KWwPEArZcB
— Vincent Guyot (@Vinc_Guyot) January 16, 2021
He saved his best for last, though, and bounded out to 18.07m with his sixth and final effort.
Melvin Raffin of France was second with 16.98m while Jean-Marc Pontvianne was third with 16.49m.
Zango becomes the first athlete from Burkina Faso to set a world record and the first African athlete to set a world record in a men’s jumping event.
Hugues’ previous outright best of 17.77m was also set indoors and it came in his first competition of 2020. His outdoor PB of 17.66m was set at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Jon Mulkeen for World Athletics
*Subject to the usual ratification procedure
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