Burkina Faso wins first ever Olympic medal
Burkina Faso won its first ever Olympic medal in Tokyo, as Hugues Fabrice Zango won bronze in the men’s triple jump. Gold was won by Portugal’s Pedro Pichardo and ZHU Yaming of People’s Republic of China took silver.
Zango managed a best jump of 17.47m to secure the historic bronze. Pichardo managed 17.98m while ZHU Yaming reached 17.57m.
“It was always one of my dreams to win the Olympic gold,” said Pichardo. “This is what I have been doing (triple jump) since I was six years old.
“I feel a huge sense of happiness and I still have plenty of dreams ahead of me.”
“This was a very good competition, a tough field,” he added. “All the athletes were so strong, so that makes me feel even better about winning the gold medal.”