The Burkinabé Hugues-Fabrice Zango achieved the feat on Saturday in Aubière by smashing the world record for the triple indoor jump (18.07 m) which belonged to his trainer, the French Teddy Tamgho (17.92) m.
Zango (27 years old) becomes the first man to exceed 18 m indoors by erasing Tamgho, whose record had been held since 2011. At the same time, he exploded his best personal mark achieved in January 2020 (17.77 m). His outdoor record is 17.66 m (African record). The world record of Briton Jonathan Edwards (18.29 m), which has been resisting since 1995, however seems difficult to achieve for the moment.
Zango, bronze medalist at the Doha Worlds behind the Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye in 2019, thus confirms his place among the top names in the discipline and becomes Burkina Faso's first Olympic medalist by winning Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.