Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice Zango left a mark on the world on Thursday as he guaranteed his country’s first-since forever Olympic medal in the men’s triple jump.
The 28-year-old, who likewise won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, jumped 17.47 meters to guarantee a third spot on the platform.
Pedro Pichardo of Portugal won gold with a jump of 17.98 meters to claim his first Olympic title, while China’s Zhu Yaming took silver at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium with 17.57.
Zango’s historic win came on the same day as his country’s 61st independence anniversary.
On Twitter, President Roc Marc Kabore described his win as a ‘national pride’.
Zango’s first Olympic outing was at the Rio Games five years ago.
He had to juggle his busy school schedule to train for the Tokyo Olympics in southwest France, where he’s an engineering university student.