Hugues Fabrice Zango breaks more world records
Hugues Fabrice Zango is used to breaking barriers. The 27-year-old triple jumper has been making history for Burkina Faso for several years, setting national and African records and racking up a collection of medals from major championships.
But Zango has now achieved another ‘first’ – and this one isn’t just a national milestone; it’s a global one.
At an elite jumps-only meeting in Aubiere on Saturday (16), Zango bounded out to a world indoor triple jump record of 18.07m*, becoming the first man to surpass 18 metres indoors.
His previous best, an outright African record of 17.77m, was set indoors in Paris last year and placed him equal fourth on the world indoor all-time list, just 15 centimetres short of the world indoor record set by his coach, Teddy Tamgho of France.
Tamgho now trails Zango by 15 centimetres on the world indoor all-time list.
“For me, the most important thing is the world record,” Zango told the Olympic Channel last year. “This is what I want to achieve. When I become world record-holder, I will have done everything.”