Burkina Faso Triple Jumper, Zango Sets World Record in France

Zango, bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships became Burkina Faso’s first world record holder on Saturday.

Burkinabe Triple Jumper, Hugues Fabrice Zango has become the first man from the West African country to create a world record.

Zango leapt to glory in France as he posted the longest ever indoor triple jump with a record of 18.07m in Aubiere, France.

A bronze medallist at the 2019 World Athletics Championship, he beat the record set by his current coach, Teddy Tamgho in 2011. He beat the record by 15 centimetres.

What became a glorious outing for Zango started with a foul, but it barely affected his morale as he went on to achieve 17.33m, 17.61m and 17.70m leaps in succession.

The next jump became the best jump of Zango’s career as he achieved a lifetime best record. His leap was 30cm better than his previous best achievement.

Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Kabore took to Facebook to hail Zango.

“Bravo champion,” said Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore.

“(Zango) holds the Burkinabe flag high, filling us with pride,” he wrote.

“I ask him to keep going in preparation for a brilliant performance at the next Olympic Games.”

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