Olympic triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas will open her outdoor season on Saturday 18 June at the Meeting of Madrid — a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meet — at Vallehermoso Stadium.
Last March, the Venezuelan set an outright world record of 15.74m in her way to a third global indoor title in a row in Belgrade. Now the 26-year-old jumper seeks a third consecutive outdoor gold medal in Oregon and targets the recently-unimaginable 16-meter barrier. Will Rojas approach that landmark in Madrid?
Based in Guadalajara, just 50 kilometers from Madrid, the Olympic champion has competed so many times in Madrid that she has built a strong fanbase in the city. In 2020, Rojas set her first world indoor record (15.43m) at the Centro Deportivo Municipal Gallur. And four years before, she had leaped over 15 meters (15.02m) for the first time in her career at the Meeting of Madrid — then held in Moratalaz.
Earlier this year, the Venezuelan came just two centimeters off her world indoor record in Madrid (15.41m), in her last competition prior to her global title in Belgrade.
On Saturday 18 June, Rojas will jump in front of the Vallehermoso Stadium crowd for the first time. The Olympic champion had already competed there in 2021 — winning with a wind-aided 15.34m (+2.2) leap and a 15.19m legal jump — but the public wasn’t allowed to attend the meet due to the pandemic.
After that triumph in Madrid, Rojas took the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, breaking the world record with 15.67m on route to the win.
Don’t miss out on your chance to see the Olympic and five-time world triple jump champion compete at Vallehermoso Stadium at the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Meeting of Madrid. Secure your seats at https://www.enterticket.es/eventos/world-athletics-continental-tour-silver-madrid-2022-563018
All compettions in Spain – Triple jump
15.43 0,7 1 Andújar 22.05.2021
15.41 1,5 1 Andújar 06.09.2019
15.19 1,4 – Madrid 19.06.2021
15.14 2,0 1 Ibiza 08.05.2021
15.06 1,1 1 Huelva 20.06.2019
15.02 -0,4 1 Madrid 23.06.2016
14.96 -0,3 1 Andújar 02.06.2017
14.71 0,7 1 Castellón 05.09.2020
14.62 0,9 1 Castellón 10.06.2017
15.34v 2,2 1 Madrid 19.06.2021
15.43 pc 1 Madrid 21.02.2020 RMUNDO
15.41 pc 1 Madrid 02.03.2022
14.92 pc 1 Madrid 08.02.2019
14.79 pc 1 Madrid 28.01.2017
14.69 pc 1 Madrid 23.01.2016
14.35 pc 1 Sabadell 19.02.2016
14.63 pc 1 Madrid 26.02.2016
13.97 pc 1 Madrid 16.01.2016