Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen wins triple jump gold at Rio 2016 Olympics

Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen leapt 15.17 metres to snatch a gold medal in the women's triple jump.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Published:August 15, 2016 10:00 am
Caterine Ibarguen, Caterine Ibarguen triple jump, Caterine Ibarguen Columbia triple jump medal, Caterine Ibarguen medal, Caterine Ibarguen Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio 2016 Olympics, triple jump The two-time world champion Ibarguen was hot-favourite going into the Rio Games. (Source: AP)

Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen leapt 15.17 metres to snatch a gold medal in the women’s triple jump on Sunday, fending off Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas to continue her dominance in the event.

The two-time world champion Ibarguen was hot-favourite going into the Rio Games and produced a season’s best jump in the fourth round of the final to take gold.

Rojas’ best of 14.98m, also in the fourth round, was enough for silver.

Kazakhstan’s London Olympics champion Olga Rypakova pulled off the two best jumps of her season, but her 14.74m in the fifth round was only good enough for bronze.

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