The Portuguese Pedro Pichardo achieved in Madrid a new world best mark of the year in the triple jump, with a valid test at 17.69 meters, during the athletics “meeting” in the Spanish capital.
The victory was not, however, for the Portuguese jumper, but for Hughes Fabrice Zango, from Burkina Faso, who reached 17.83 meters, but with an irregular wind of 2.5 meters per second – that is, it counts for the classification of the day, but it is not on the official list of the sport.
Pichardo made four valid jumps, all with regular wind. At best, the wind was blowing at +0.2 m/s, well below the maximum limit, which is 2.0 m/s.
Zango, current world record holder in indoor track, was the previous leader of the year, with 17.67, while Pichardo progressed from 20th of the year to first, with only 17.01.
In third and fourth places were the French Melvin Raffin and Jean Marc Ponvianne, both with 17.17, and in fifth the German Max Hess, with 17.16, immediately before the second Portuguese in the competition, Tiago Pereira.
Tiago Pereira’s 16.96 are still below the direct Olympic qualification, which is achieved at 17.14, but reinforce the athlete’s position in the qualification by “ranking”, in which he is, at the moment, the 30th for 32 places.
Tiago Pereira’s qualification for Tokyo can be assured next Saturday, in the championships of Portugal, where the victory receives a bonus of 100 points.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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