Hinkstapspringer Hugues Fabrice Zango has improved the indoor world record at competitions in Aubière France. The 27-year-old Burkinese landed in the sandbox after 18.07 meters.
That was 15 inches further than his coach Teddy Tamgho ten years ago. Zango is also the first athlete to jump indoor over 18 meters. His personal record indoor was 17,77 meters since February 2020.
The 27-year-old Zango has made big strides in recent years as a hopper. At the 2016 Olympic Games, he became 34th out of 47 competitors with a 15,99 metre jump. Three years later, he won 17,66 metres bronze at the World Cup in Doha.
The Englishman Jonathan Edwards holds the world record in the open air. In 1995, he reached 18.29 meters.
Trainer Tamgho: ‘And now back to work’
Trainer Teddy Tamgho responded sporty to losing his world record. “We already knew the record would be broken once,” he writes on Twitter.
“ And now we‘re going back to work, because it’s not allowed to stay at this.”
In February 2020, the world record of hopping jumping among women was already sharpened. The Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas arrived in Madrid at a distance of 15.43 meters. That was 7 centimeters than the old record of Tatjana Lebedeva from 2004.