In Venezuela, government and opposition celebrated this Sunday (1) the gold medal won by Yulimar Rojas, who set a new world record in the triple jump final at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“Tremendous victory for Yulimar Rojas! Gold medal, world and Olympic record for you, warrior. You shine with your own light, you are the faithful reflection of the fighting spirit and greatness of the Venezuelan people. You are at the height of the sport, you are a great athlete. Congratulations, champion,” wrote Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro on Twitter.
On the same social network, opposition leader Juan Guaidó stated that “Yulimar Rojas has gone further than anyone else, gold medalist with a world record.” “Step by step, she moved forward with perseverance, effort and confidence. Thank you, Yulimar, for this feat. You unite us and make all Venezuelans happy. In Tokyo we will hear the Glory to the Brave People”, published Guaidó, referring to the anthem of Venezuela.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, also praised the athlete for the achievement this Sunday. “We never doubt, you did it. Yulimar, the first (woman to win gold) from Venezuela. Immense. Historic day,” commented the chancellor.
“Incredible, Yulimar! Our homeland vibrates with your triumph, your world record and your gold medal. Live Venezuela today and always,” celebrated opponent Henrique Capriles.
Yulimar Rojas, current two-time triple jump world champion, won in Tokyo her first career Olympic gold on Sunday, by setting a new world record in the competition. Rojas jumped 15.67 meters on the last attempt, 17 centimeters more than the previous record, which had been set by Ukrainian Inessa Kravets on August 10, 1995, at the World Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.