Plamena Mitkova brought gold to Bulgaria from the World Athletics Championships – Society – Sport – NOVA News
Plamena Mitkova won the long jump title at the World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia. Mitkova deserved the gold medal after jumping 6.66 meters on her third attempt, achieving her career best result to date.
The Bulgarian’s previous best was 6.58m, which was also set this season.
The silver remained for the representative of the hosts from Colombia Natalia Linares, who jumped 6.59 m, the Italian Marta Amuin Amani came third with 6.52 m. The competition was held in rainy weather.
17-year-old Plamena Mitkova started with 6.19 m, made a mistake on her second attempt, but in the third made the championship jump of 6.66. On Thursday, the Bulgarian’s attempt also came close to her previous best of 6.57 meters.
This is the first title for Bulgaria from the World Youth and Girls Championships in 2018, when Alexandra Nacheva became the triple jump champion. Mitkova is a competitor of Ivaylo Rusenov, who was a silver medalist in the triple jump of the under-20 world championship in 1998.
Another national medal was won in Cali. Bozhidar Sarboyukov won silver in the high jump. The Bulgarian, who is the Balkan champion in the discipline, recorded 2.10 meters in his third attempt. He previously cleared 2.00 and 2.05, failing three times at 2.14m.
The champion was Brandon Pottinger (Jamaica) with 2.14 m. Brian Raats from the Republic of South Africa also won silver, with whom Saraboyukov shared the second place. Like the Bulgarian, Raatz cleared 2.10 meters and missed at 2.14.
Earlier at the championship, Bozhidar Saraboyukov placed 11th in the long jump.
low triple jump champion for juniors under 18 years Lachezar Valchev placed tenth in this discipline at the championship under 20 years in Colombia with a record result – 15.34 meters. The title was won by Jayden Hibbert (Jamaica) with a record of the world championships – 17.27 m. Second and third were respectively Selva Thirumaran from India with 16.15 m and Viktor Morozov from Estonia with 16.13 m.