Burkinabè Hugues-Fabrice Zango over 18m indoors in the triple jump

The Burkinabé Hugues-Fabrice Zango achieved a huge feat on Saturday January 7 in Aubière by smashing the world record for the triple indoor jump (18.07 m) which belonged to his trainer, the French Teddy Tamgho (17.92) m. At 27, Zango becomes the first man to exceed 18 m indoors by erasing Tamgho, whose record had been held since 2011. At the same time, he exploded his best personal mark achieved in January 2020 (17.77 m). His outdoor record is 17.66 m (African record). After jumping to 17.33m (2nd try), 17.61m (4th try) and 17.70m (5th try), the Burkinabé waited for his last attempt to execute his historic jump, giving his country a first world record in athletics. Zango, bronze medalist at the Doha Worlds behind the Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye in 2019, thus confirms his place among the leaders of the discipline and strikes a very big blow seven months before the Tokyo Olympics.

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