On Saturday, Pedro Pichardo of Portugal added to the Olympic gold he had already earned in Tokyo by winning the men’s triple jump at the World Championships.
The 29-year-old, a two-time global silver medalist for Cuba before renouncing his allegiance to Portugal, won the competition with a leap of 17.95 meters, a record in the world, on his first try.
“The winning mark turned out to be the initial 17.95m. I made a powerful opening,” Pichardo stated. “This world championship eluded me.
“I had two silver medals and attempted to get gold; today, I succeeded. This title has deep meaning. I am steadily claiming every title available, from Olympic gold to the world championship.
Since Nelson Evora won in Osaka in 2007, Pichardo wins the competition to become Portugal’s first world champion.
Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso came in far behind in second place with a jump of 17.55 meters.
Zhu Yaming, a silver medalist at the Olympics from China, took third place with 17.31m.