Burkina Faso´s first Olympic medal – level 3

11-08-2021 07:00

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.

Difficult words: claim (to win), leap (a forceful jump), eventually (as the final result of a situation).

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