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Yulimar Rojas: What are the athlete’s top ten best jumps in women’s long jump?

Yulimar Rojas Rodríguez is a Venezuelan athlete who holds the world record for women’s triple jump, at 15.74 m. She is the current Olympic champion, a three-time World Champion, and three-time World Indoor Champion. She is nicknamed la reina del triple salto aka queen of the triple jump. Since 2014 she has held and broken numerous Venezuelan national records in triple jump and long jump. Yulimar is also a recipient of the Venezuelan Order of José Félix Ribas – First Class.

Raised in a deprived area of Venezuela, Rojas was successful in other sports as a teenager but struggled to practice due to lack of resources. Encouraged to move into athletics, she excelled in high jump and sprinting before developing an affinity for the triple jump. She moved to Guadalajara, Spain, in 2015 to continue her athletics training under coach Iván Pedroso, and became dominant in the event. After several years specialising only in the triple jump, she began seriously competing in the long jump again in 2021.

Career Arch of Yulimar Rojas

Rojas started her career from South American Junior Championships 2011. She won the event and set a new national youth record. In 2013, she improved her personal best to 1.87 m with a high jump in Barquisimeto. She also registered a 6.17 m long jump. Rojas then began regularly competing in both horizontal and vertical jump events. Starting with the South American Games in March, she claimed her first senior gold medal in the high jump. She won her first gold medal in the long jump Pan American Sports Festival that year and. As a mark of respect, she was chosen to lead the returning delegation to Venezuela. A long jump/triple jump double followed at the 2014 South American Under-23 Championships in Athletics. This included a championship record of 6.36 m in the long jump. Rojas also established herself as her country’s best jumper at the 2015 Venezuelan Championships.

Since 2015, she has been coached by Cuban long jumper Iván Pedroso. Rojas won the silver medal in the triple jump at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games with a 14.98 m, placing behind Caterine Ibargüen. She became the first Venezuelan woman to win an Olympic medal. On 7 August 2017, Rojas won her first outdoor World Championship. She became the first Venezuelan athlete in history to obtain a gold medal in the championships. Rojas spent much of 2018 off due to injury. In February 2020, she broke the women’s indoor triple jump record at the Meeting Villa de Madrid. Despite leading in long jump, Rojas chose to only contest the triple jump at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Yulimar was chosen to be a flagbearer for Venezuela at the opening ceremony. Rojas won the gold medal at Tokyo 2020 and set a new Olympic record of 15.41 m.

Rojas started her 2022 season in the long jump, wanting to “make an impact in this event”, achieving a new indoor personal best and national record of 6.81 m (22 ft 4 in) in February. In March, she competed in the triple jump at the World Indoor Athletics Final in Madrid, where she landed a world-lead jump and the second-furthest female indoor triple jump. In the 2022 outdoor athletics season, Rojas did not compete until the events held in Spain. On 8 June in Guadalajara, she beat her own long jump record, achieving 6.93 m and qualifying for the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene in July. She successfully defended her triple jump title in Eugene with a 15.47 m (50 ft 9 in) jump, just short of the championship record.

What are the top ten best jumps of Yulimar Rojas in women’s long jump?

Competition (Location)DateResultPosition
Spanish Club Championships (Spain)13 JUN 20216.88N/A
Diamond League (Monaco)21 JUL 20236.6110
Barinas Venezuelan Championships (Venezuela)17 APR 20156.571
 Panamerican Sports Festival (Mexico)15 AUG 20146.53N/A
Barquisimeto Venezuelan Junior Championships (Venezuela)27 JUN 20146.481
Barquisimeto Venezuelan Junior Championships (Venezuela)26 SEP 20146.401
South American U23 Championships (Uruguay)04 OCT 20146.361
Pan American Games (Canada)24 JUL 20156.3611
Venezuelan U23 Championships (Venezuela)29 AUG 20146.331
GP Orlando Guaita (Chile)11 APR 20156.32N/A

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