Pedro Pichardo won the triple jump contest, with the mark of 17.98 meters, in the early morning hours of Portugal this Thursday, August 5 at Tokyo Olympic Stadium
Pichardo went with only a goal in is mind and immediately dominated the triple jump event, reaching the highest place on the podium in the first and second jumps: 17,61 meters.
Even so, he wanted more, and in the third jump he achieved the extraordinary mark of 17.98 meters, a new National record and thus reaching the second best mark ever in the event, only behind Kenny Harrison’s Olympic record (18.09 meters) obtained in 1996 in Atlanta.
Highlighted for the three final jumps, where only 8 of the 12 participants are left, Pichardo then risked everything and tried to go over 18 meters, but made two nulls in the 4th and 6th jump giving up the 5th jump.
Pedro Pichardo thus achieved the 4th Lusitana medal in the event, after Patrícia Mamona (silver), Jorge Fonseca (Bronze) and Fernando Pimenta (Bronze) being the first Gold for Portugal, which gives the best result ever in Olympics.