Lausanne, Switzerland, 25 August 2016.
In the first Diamond League Meeting since Rio it was business as usual for the newly crowned Olympic Women’s Triple Jump Champion as Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen took victory in Lausanne. It wasn’t all plain sailing though for Ibarguen as she briefly trailled the bronze medallist from Rio, Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova, in a competition in which most of the competitors seemed to be suffering an Olympic hangover and jumped well below their best.
With Germany’s Jenny Elbe a no-show there were just 7 jumpers in the competition and at the end of round 1 only Ibarguen and Rypakova had broken 14 metres with 14.41m and 14.16m respectively. Greece’s Paraskevi Papachristou, who finished 8th in Rio despite leaping a new PB of 14.73m earlier in the season, bounded into 2nd place in round 2 with 14.18m but that was to be her best of the day. New European Champion Patricia Mamona of Portugal joined the 14 metre club in round 3 with 14.05m, which under the controversial Diamond League rules meant early exits for Olha Saladukha (13.95m), Kimberly Williams (13.75m) and Ruslana Tsykhotska (13.54m) despite the small-sized field.
In Round 4 Rypakova hit 14.53m to take the lead from Ibarguen, and there must have been brief worries for the Colombian that this would be a repeat of her defeat at the Birmingham Diamond League Meeting in June to the 2012 Olympic Champion. Determined not to be outdone this time around, Ibarguen bounded out to 14.70m on her 4th attempt to regain the lead. Rypakova responded with 14.49m in round 5, which hinted to Ibarguen that there still might be a challenge to her lead so she still needed a bit more. She found it with her 5th attempt, reaching 14.76m and after Rypakova could only reach 14.29 with her last attempt, victory was assured for the Olympic and World Champion.
It was victory number 5 out of 6 Diamond League Meetings for Ibarguen this year in a competition she has dominated. The last Diamond League Women’s Triple Jump competition of 2016 takes place in Brussels on Friday 9th September, when Ibarguen will be presented with the Diamond League Trophy to proudly sit with her Olympic gold medal.