Athletics - Worlds 2023: Fabrice Zango wins gold as Louis Mendy excluded for false start

Athletics - Worlds 2023: Fabrice Zango wins gold as Louis Mendy excluded for false start

Day 3 of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest continued on Monday August 21, 2023. African athletes distinguished themselves, notably Hugues Fabrice Zango with the first gold medal ever won by Burkina Faso. Meanwhile, Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou claimed a place in the 100 m final. Louis François Mendy, on the other hand, stopped in the semi-finals after a false start.

The flag of Burkina Faso flew in the skies over Budapest on Monday August 21 at the World Athletics Championships. Hugues Fabrice Zango won his first world title in the triple jump. Olympic bronze medallist in Tokyo, the Burkinabe athlete jumped 17.64 m to help his country win a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships for the first time in its history. Hugues Fabrice Zango ahead of two Cubans Lazaro Martinez, silver medallist with a triple jump measured at 17.41 m, and Cristian Napoles, who was one centimetre short (17.40 m) of his record.

In the women's 100 m final, all the favourites will be present. Côte d'Ivoire's Marie-Josée Ta Lou tied for 1st place with Jamaica's Shericka Jackson with a time of 10.79. In the final, Marie-José Ta Lou will meet Julien Alfred and Sha'Carri Richardson.

Louis François Mendy's tile

This was undoubtedly the major setback on Day 3 of the World Athletics Championships. The very promising Senegalese athlete Louis François Mendy was forced to stop in the semi-finals. The 110m hurdler got off to a false start. This was a major setback after his fine performance in the previous round, with a time of 13.24. Qualified for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024, the 24-year-old Senegalese athlete will have to take advantage of this experience to learn the best lessons before the next deadlines.

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