Rabat, Morocco, 22 May 2016.
Round 2 of the Women’s Triple Jump competition took place in the first IAAF Diamond League Meeting to ever take place on African soil. After the Doha duel between Caterine Ibarguen and Yulimar Rojas, earlier in the month, there had been much anticipation of their contest in Rabat, Morocco’s capital city. However, on the day, Rojas never found the rhythm or form from Doha, or her winter season that saw her crowned World Indoor Champion, and she could only reach out to a best of 14.11m in the 4th round for 4th place.
Greece’s Paraskevi Papachristou turned out to be Ibarguen’s closest rival, setting a season’s best of 14.28m in the opending round despite jumping into a 0.4m/s headwind. Ibarguen responded with her opening effort of 14.38m to take the lead. In round 2, and swirling wind conditions, Portugal’s Patrícia Mamona also leapt over 14 metres with a windy 14.05m (+2.3m/s) while Papachristou reached 14.13m into a 0.7m/s breeze. For Ibarguen the headwind grew even stronger at -1.5m/s, but she still improved out to 14.41m.
Mamona improved to 14.13m in round 3, just 2cm below the Olympic Qualifying Standard, but, despite also recording 14.09m in round 5, she could improve no further. Papachristou matched her opening distance of 14.28m in round 4, but after a foul in round 5 she passed her last attempt. That meant that Ibarguen was victorious in her 33rd consecutive competition, an amazing feat in the Triple Jump. She signed off with her best effort, 14.51m, in round 6, once again into a headwind (-0.4m/s) to take maximum Diamond League points and confirm her superiority in the event.
1. Caterine Ibarguen (Colombia) 14.51m
2. Paraskevi Papachristou (Greece) 14.28m
3. Patrícia Mamona (Portugal) 14.13m
4. Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela) 14.11m
5. Susana Costa (Portugal) 13.90m
6. Tetyana Ptashkina (Ukraine) 13.33m
7. Joëlle Mbumi (Cameroon) 13.24m