“I am a challenge athlete. If it were up to me, I would participate in both events, ”Rojas told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a ceremony in his honor in Caracas.
File image of Yulimar Rojas. AFP
Caracas: Olympic triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas will likely aim for double gold at the Paris Olympics in 2024 after revealing that she could compete in the long jump as well.
“I am a challenging athlete. If it were up to me, I would participate in both events,” Rojas told Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a ceremony in his honor in Caracas.
“That’s what I set for myself, that’s what I’m thinking about. Chances are I’m going to participate in both.”
After winning silver in the triple jump at the Rio Games in 2016, Rojas has since been the dominant force in the discipline.
In addition to winning gold in Tokyo, she won two world gold medals and set world records indoors and outdoors.
The 25-year-old, based in Barcelona, is coached by Cuban Ivan Pedroso, former Olympic long jump champion and four-time world gold medalist.
Rojas in June jumped 7.27m in the long jump, but with an illegal tailwind of 2.7m / s. His official personal best is 6.88m. Germany’s Malaika Mihambo won gold in the long jump in Tokyo with a best effort of 7.00m.