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Superb demonstration of Yulimar Rojas in long jump

The Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas demonstrated this Sunday at the Spanish Clubs Championship in Alicante that she is not only the world queen of the triple jump, but that she could also be the long jump monarch, by winning with a 7.27 that could have become a world lead had it not been for the downwind of 2.7.

The Barcelona FC athlete also jumped a 7.06 (+2.9) in her second attempt and a 6.88 with legal wind in the fifth that became a national record in Venezuela (surpassing the 6.62 m of Aries Sánchez) and entry standar for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In addition, Rojas was just one centimeter from the competition record, held by the Spanish Concepción Montaner.

“I am very happy. The long jump is one of my favorite events. Unfortunately the wind does not validate the marks, but all these results are important because we know that little by little we are going to achieve the objectives,” Rojas celebrated, in statements quoted by her press service.

With her performance in Alicante, Rojas became the third woman in history to jump over 15 meters in triple and beyond 7 meters in length, after the owner of the world record, the Ukrainian Inessa Kravets, and the four times world champion, Russian Tatyana Lebedeva.

Having exceeded the 6.82 entry standard and achieving the best long jump of the world this year (although windy) does not mean that the Venezuelan will compete in two events in Tokio, since the long jump qualifiers will be held on the same day as the final triple.

Her coach, Cuban Iván Pedroso, was quick to clarify Rojas’ priorities: “We will only be in a event. All the goals and objectives are in triple.”

Rojas will be in action again this Saturday, June 19, when she competes in the Madrid Meeting, which will be held at the Vallehermoso stadium, this time in triple jump.

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