By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
African Champion in triple jump, Hugues Fabrice Zango leaped to a 18.07m* in Aubiere on Saturday.
Coincidentally, the previous record was held by Teddy Tamgho, his coach a record 15 centimetres away from Zango’s.
The Burkina Faso athlete had six attempts with a couple of fouls before reaching the landmark achievement.
With a 17.33m jump in his second attempt, the World bronze medallist leaped to an improved 17.61m then 17.70m – just seven centimetres shy of his lifetime best.
But the African was not done yet as his last effort did the magic. He leaped 18.07m ahead of Melvin Raffin of France who came second with 16.98m while Jean-Marc Pontvianne came third with 16.49m.
Zango becomes the first athlete from Burkina Faso to set a world record and the first African athlete to set a world record in a men’s jumping event reports world athletics.org.
The athlete while speaking with BBC Africa Sport says the feat gives him more confidence to do great things in the future.
“It means a lot for me because since last year I have been thinking about this record, because it was my coach’s record,” Zango said.
“For me the athlete has to beat the coach. We were teasing each other about the record.
“It gives me more confidence about my power and my abilities to do great things in the future. Yesterday the objective was to go to the Olympics and get a medal, but now the goal is to go to the Olympics and get the gold medal.”
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