Doha 2019: Zango sets African record, Ta Lou claims bronze

Doha 2019: Zango sets African record, Ta Lou claims bronze

Burkina Faso’s Hugues Fabrice Zango won a bronze medal in the men’s triple jump at the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday, setting a continental record with a 17.66 mark.

The 26-year-old finished second at 17.17 in the qualification series but was eventually pushed to third place in the final behind United States duo Christian Taylor (17.92) and Will Claye (17.74).

Zango won gold, also in triple jump, at the African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria in 2018 and gold at the African Games in Morocco last August.

Ivory Coast star Marie-Josée Ta Lou clinched a bronze medal in the women’s 100 metres, also on Sunday, finishing at 10.90 behind race winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica (10.71) and silver medalist Dina Asher-Smith from Great Britain (10.83).

African athletes have so far won six medals: from Kenya (1 gold, 1 bronze), Ethiopia (1 silver), Burkina Faso (1 bronze), Ivory Coast (1 bronze) and Namibia (1 bronze).

The 2019 World Athletics Championships will conclude on October 6.

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