The Burkinabe athlete Hugues-Fabrice Zango became on Saturday in Aubière, in the Puy-de-Dôme, the first man to cross more than 18 meters indoors (18.07 meters).
He thus seizes the world record (indoors) of the specialty, formerly owned by Frenchman Teddy Tamgho (17.92 m), who is none other than his trainer.
The Burkinabe Hugues-Fabrice Zango achieved a huge feat on Saturday in Aubière by smashing the world record for the triple indoor jump (18.07 m) which belonged to his trainer, the French Teddy Tamgho (17.92) m.
Zango (27 years old) becomes the first man to exceed 18 m indoors by erasing Tamgho, whose record had held since 2011. At the same time, he exploded his best personal mark achieved in January 2020 (17.77 m).
His outdoor record is 17.66 m (African record).
Hugues Fabrice Zango, Burkinabe athlete from Artois Athletics, has just beaten the WORLD RECORD INDOOR in the triple jump with 18.07 m at Aubière!
A record that was held by his trainer @TeddyTamgho with 17.92 m since March 6, 2011! Pic.twitter.com/9OSsaqzXT6
- FFA (@FFAthletisme) January 16, 2021
"When the pupil exceeds his master"
After jumping to 17.33m (2nd try), 17.61m (4th try) and 17.70m (5th try), the Burkinabé waited for his last attempt to execute his historic jump, giving his country a first world record in athletics.
Zango, bronze medalist at the Doha Worlds behind the Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye in 2019, thus confirms his place among the leaders of the discipline and strikes a very big blow seven months before the Tokyo Olympics.
"When the student overtakes his teacher," tweeted Teddy Tamgho.
"We already knew that the record had to fall. Now we are back to work because we must not stop there."
Thank you to the people of we bring you part of the promise !!
@HuguesZango_TS When the student overtakes his master !!!
- Tamgho Teddy (Talla Kengne) (@TeddyTamgho) January 16, 2021
Jonathan Edwards' 18.29 meters, next goal
Spotted late at the age of 18 in his country and arrived in France in 2015 with a student visa, Zango leads his career as a high-level athlete perfectly together with his studies at the university in Béthune, southwest of Lille, where he is preparing a thesis in electrical engineering.
Integrated into Teddy Tamgho's structure in July 2018, Zango has since experienced spectacular progress and his results really took off from 2019. Very ambitious, he told AFP in September that he came to athletics "by chance. "while nurturing a" big dream ":" To bring the triple jump to another planet. "
The outdoor world record of Briton Jonathan Edwards (18.29 m), who has held up since 1995, however seems difficult to achieve for the moment.