Malaika Mihambo won gold at the World Championships in the long jump for the second time in her career. At the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, the Olympic champion jumped 7.12 meters on Sunday (local time) and won the title as in 2019 in Doha. Nigeria’s Ese Brume took the silver with 7.02 metres. Bronze went to Brazil’s Leticia Oro Melo, whose first and only jump of 6.89 meters was enough.
Mihambo is happy to defend her title
“It was only 7.12 meters today, but I’m still very happy that I was able to defend my title,” Mihambo said over the stadium microphone. After two failed attempts, the 28-year-old had to worry about being among the top eight jumpers in the final and being able to complete the other three jumps. After 6.98 meters at the third attempt, Mihambo was able to breathe a sigh of relief and immediately moved to second place.
Take the lead in the fourth jump
In the fourth jump she managed to jump from 7.09 meters, taking the lead. Then came the last attempt with the winning distance – like a year ago in Tokyo. But this time, she had already taken the title before the jump. Measuring 7.12 meters was one centimeter less than this year’s world record set by Australian Brock Boschwill.
Mihambo tied with Heike Drechsler
After EM gold in 2018, World Cup gold in 2019, and Olympic victory in Tokyo in 2021, Mihambo has now won the fourth major title of her career. As a two-time world champion, the 28-year-old is on par with top model Heike Dreschler, who won gold in 1983 and 1993.
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