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Yulimar Rojas breaks triple jump world record to secure gold medal

Yulimar Rojas has broken the world record in the women's triple jump and won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.

Rojas produced a stunning 15.67 metre leap on her final attempt in the final, as she smashed the record of 15.50 metres that had been held by Inessa Kravets since 1995.

The Venezuelan, who also won gold at Rio 2016, had already been confirmed as the winner of the gold medal by the time of her third jump, before going on to secure a world-record leap.

Her day was made even better as her close friend Ana Peleteiro won the bronze medal, as she broke the Spanish record twice to finish in third place.

Peleitero followed up her second jump of 14.77 metres with her final leap of 14.87 metres, breaking the record of 14.73 that she herself had set at the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

The silver medal was awarded to Patricia Mamona, who broke the Portuguese record of 14.65 metres that she had set five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, as she recorded two leaps of 14.91 metres and 15.01 metres respectively.

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