Venezuelan track star Yulimar Rojas (c) displays in Caracas on March 11, 2018, the gold medal she won in the triple-jump at the world track and field event in early March in Birmingham, England. EFE-EPA/Cristian Hernandez
Caracas, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas, the new world champion in the triple-jump, exhibited in Caracas the hard-won and “sentimental” gold medal she won eight days ago at the world track and field event in Birmingham, England.
She said amid laughter that her participation in the British event had been up in the air due to an injury she suffered two months ago and to the heavy snow that fell on some British cities in early March.
During a training session in Spain, Rojas had injured her right foot and had to undergo lengthy rehabilitation for at least a month, all of which made her participation in the Birmingham event dicey.
And after her miraculous recovery, the heavy snowfall in Birmingham delayed her arrival there and her coach, Cuba’s Ivan Pedroso, initially was afraid that he would not be able to be on hand either.
The 22-year-old, however, arrived in Birmingham just hours before her event but didn’t get more than five hours of rest before registering for the triple-jump after almost 48 hours of weather-delayed travel starting in Madrid.
“I was even wearing the same clothes,” she said.
Before her last jump in the competitio9n, Rojas was in fifth place, but she managed to vault 14.63 meters, far from her best performance but the best distance of the year, to take the gold.
Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams and Spain’s Ana Peleteiro placed second and third in the event, respectively.
“When you have a clear objective in life, the more things happen to you, if you stay the course you’re going to come out a winner. This medal was very sentimental for that reason. It taught me to keep going, never to quit,” Rojas told the media.
“Stay strong, always stay … focused on what you want, and that’s how you’ll achieve your dreams,” she said.