Pedro Pichardo Portugal cruises to world triple jump gold.

  • Pedro Pablo Pichardo Peralta born 30 June 1993
  • He won the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics
  • Pichardo was the 2012 World Junior Champion and the 2013 

EUGENE, Ore. – Pedro Pichardo Portugal added his first World Championships title to his Olympic gold medal in the men’s triple jump on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, a two-time world silver medalist for Cuba before switching allegiance to Portugal, jumped a world-leading 17.95 meters on his first attempt to take the top spot.

“The opening 17.95m ended up being the winning mark.” “I made a strong opening,” Pichardo said. “This world title eluded me.

“I had two silver medals and tried to win gold, which I did today.” This title means a lot to me. “I am gradually winning all possible titles, from Olympic gold to the world title.”

Pichardo is Portugal’s first world champion in the event since Nelson Evora in Osaka in 2007.

Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso finished second with a distance of 17.55m.

“I’m glad to be on a World Championships podium,” said Zango, who has bronze medals from Doha and Tokyo.

“It’s always a joy to compete in any meet I enter.”

China’s Olympic silver medallist Zhu Yaming claimed bronze with 17.31m.

American Will Claye, who won silver in 2017 and 2019, finished 11th, while compatriot and four-times world champion Christian Taylor failed to qualify for the final.

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