Hugues Fabrice Zango gave Burkina Faso its first s gold medal at the world athletics stage with a win in the men’s triple jump final at the World Athletics Championships
The 30-year-old athlete, who already had an Olympic bronze and world silver and bronze, completed his collection with a gold in Budapest.
The race was a rollercoaster for viewers with the eventual winner taking an early lead, losing it, and regaining it with his penultimate effort of 17.64m.
Confirmed as champion, Zango got the practically full house clapping in support for a final effort that came to naught but didn’t matter.
Looking thrilled but calm, he draped his national flag around his shoulders and stood momentarily triumphant.
“Look at my big smiling mouth. It tells you everything,” said Zango. “I had so many difficulties and doubts.”
“I promised to make history and I did it tonight. That is the first gold medal in the men’s triple jump not only for my country, but for Africa as well. “I cannot imagine the level of celebration in my country when I go back home, but I’m going to start the celebrations in Budapest.”
Silver went to 25-year-old Cuban Lazaro Martinez on 17.41m, with his 24-year-old teammate Cristian Napoles earning bronze with a personal best of 17.40m.