Burkina Faso’s first Olympic medal – level 3
Hugues Fabrice Zango won Burkina Faso’s first-ever Olympic medal, as he claimed bronze in the men’s triple jump on the 13th day of the Tokyo Olympics.
The 28-year-old’s leap of 17.47 meters was 35 centimeters short of his African outdoor record that he set earlier this year. It was enough to claim third place just ahead of two-time Olympic silver-medalist Will Claye of the USA. Zango said that he was sad because he wasn’t able to produce his best performance; however, he believed that his country would get more medals in the next Olympics in Paris.
For Zango’s family, it was a tense viewing experience, as his first two jumps were disappointing. His mother was too nervous to watch; however, Zango eventually won, and his mother said that she couldn’t be prouder. The victory was made even more special, as it fell on the 61st anniversary of Burkina Faso’s Independence Day.
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