Caterine Ibargüen sails to a windy 14.59m leap in Buenos Aires (Eduardo Biscayart) © Copyright
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Ibargüen equals world lead with 14.99m South American Triple Jump record in Bogotá

Colombian Caterine Ibargüen produced the best performance of the 23rd edition of the “Grand Prix Colombiano”, held at the track of the “Parque El Salitre” in Bogotá on Saturday (13), with a 14.99 (wind 1.7 m/s) leap in the Triple Jump to equal the world lead set by Cuba’s Yargelis Savigne.

This is Ibargüen’s (Apartado, Antioquia; 12 February 1984) fourth South American record of the season, which improves her latest 14.83m performance from the Samsung Diamond League meet in Stockholm on 29 July. In Sweden, Ibargüen was third behind Ukraine’s Olha Saladuha (15.06w), and Savigne (14.87w).

Aided by the 2600m of altitude of the Colombian capital, Ibargüen only needed three jumps to set the new record: 14.71m/+2.1, foul, 14.99m; then she passed her last three attempts. Ibargüen was invited to compete at London’s Samsung Diamong League fixture last weekend, but said she wasn’t granted the Visa to enter the UK.

“I was expecting to improve my record again before heading to the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, which is my main goal for the year. My coach has set the peak of my whole preparation for Daegu. Reaching this mark in altitude is not an easy thing. Now, I feel ready to face the best, hoping to bring home a good result,” Ibargüen said.

Based in Puerto Rico and coached by former Cuban long jumper Ubaldo Duany (8.32m PB from 1986), Ibargüen started her career as a high jumper. At that event, she won four South American titles (2005, 06, 07, 09), and reached a PB of 1.93m (2005), which is the second South American all-time performance.

After always doing Triple Jump as her second or third event, the 27-year-old Colombian took the event more seriously in 2010. In that year she jumped further than 14 metres for the first time, when second at the “Campeonato Iberoamericano” (14.29m, her 2010 SB). Ibargüen’s talents also have reached the Long Jump (6.58m PB from 2011), and the Heptathlon (5742 PB from 2009).

Other notable performances from Bogotá included:

Men - 400m: Arismendi Peguero DOM 45.60; 110m hurdles (0.0): Paulo César Villar 13.52; HJ: Wanner Miller 2.20m; JT: Dayron Márquez 79.35m.

Women - 100m (0.4): María Alejandra Idrobo 11.43; 200m/400m: Yenifer Padilla 23.35/53.55; 100m hurdles (0.2): Lina Florez 13.12; HT: Elí Johana Moreno 66.24m.

Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF