GLASGOW – Spanish athlete Ana Peleteiro posted on Sunday a new national record in the women’s triple jump gold medal at the European Athletics Indoor Championships with a 14.73-meter jump on her way to win the gold medal of the event held in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
The 23-year-old Peleteiro thus managed to break the previous Spanish record at the continental competition that Carlota Castrejana set in 2007, when she recorded a jump of 14.64 meters.
“It’s so special. After two foul jumps, my coach said, ‘just do it.’ And then I knew I could do it. My family gave me the nickname of Kangaroo Girl in 2012. I like kangaroos and I jump like them,” the European Athletics website cited Peleteiro as saying after the win.
Peleteiro’s jump became the best-ever achieved by a female Spanish athlete in both indoor and outdoor competitions.
Greece’s Paraskevi Papachristou, best known as Voula, came in second with a distance of 14.50 meters, her personal best record, while Ukrainian Olha Saladukha, a former World and European champion, completed the podium with 14.47 meters that was her seasonal best record.
Although the Galician sportswoman, who was born in the western city of Ribeira, set a new Spanish record in the final, she was five centimeters shy of the direct qualifying performance minimum of 14.20 meters during the first day of competitions.
The Spaniard’s first two jumps in the finals were ruled out, and she had to option but to best the Greek, who set the pace in her first attempt at 14.50 meters, to remain as a title contender.
At the early stages, there were other competitors, including Saladukha who got a 14.47 jump in her second attempt, besides Patricia Mamona and Costa of Portugal, who jumped for 14.43 meters each.
Peleteiro had to dig deep and her efforts were rewarded with a 14.56-meter third-jump. The young athlete then put the gold medal out of reach of her competitors when she made the history with a new European Lead record in her fourth attempt, the 14.73-meter jump that secured her the title and history.
At the age of just 16, Peleteiro showed she would be a part of a promising future for Spanish athletics, being the 2012 World Junior Championships gold medalist in Barcelona, and the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival winner in the Turkish city of Trabzon.
In her most recent appearance in last year’s edition of World Indoor Championships held in Birmingham, the Spaniard claimed the bronze, the same result she achieved in the 2018 European Championships in Germany’s Berlin, with 14.40 meters and 14.44 meters, respectively.