History was made today (Thursday) as Triple jumper Hugues Fabrice Zango claim ’s Burkina Faso first Medal at the Olympics games.
The 28-year-old jumped 17.47 metres to claim the bronze medal behind China’s Zhu Yaming, who leaped 17.57m for the silver at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium while Pedro Pichardo of Portugal won gold with a jump of 17.98m.
The victory makes the African nation become the 100th country to win a medal in athletics at the Olympic Games.
‘I’m on a mission, so I have to produce my best to bring back the gold to Burkina Faso,’ he said, before Thursday’s final, the 28-year-old was targeting the gold medal in an effort to make history.
Coincidentally, Burkina Faso’s first medal at the Olympics came on the day the country was renamed Burkina Faso by former President Thomas Sankara as it was previously called Republic of Upper Volta.