Yulimar Rojas is the Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump. Yulimar Rojas is also the world record holder, indoors and out, in the triple jump. The Venezualan is also one of the most entertaining, exuberant and exciting athletes in our sport today.
My issue? She makes the TJ, one of the toughest events in our sport, look so damn easy. And it is not.
In our Athletics Chat this week, I noted with Stuart Weir, our European editor, that Yulimar, I feared, would have to compete in the long jump and battle Malika Mihambo in the long jump.
Looks like she is thinking the same thing.
Yulimar Rojas, 2021 Tokyo Olympics photo via Peacock TV by Kathy Camara
Rojas thinks about top marks also in long jump
MADRID (ESP): Not only does Yulimar Rojas hope to contest both the long jump and triple jump at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, the Venezuelan also believes she can challenge the world record of 7.52m, informs MARCA. “Well, I want to try, among other things because it frustrated me not being able to do it in Tokyo, where they put the long jump qualification on the same day as the triple jump final. [My coach Ivan Pedroso] was convinced that I could win both golds. At least in Eugene I will be able to do it because they will not coincide,” she said. On the world record, she commented: “Yes of course. That day in La NucÃa, when I jumped 7.27m I made a couple of very long fouls that would have been around 7.50m.”