C. Ibargüen ODB is a former Colombian high jumper, long jumper, and triple jumper who was born on February 12, 1984. Her many accolades include two gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.
As well as a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and two gold medals at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
C. Ibargüen was raised by her grandmother when her parents divorced during Colombia’s armed war. She was born in the Urabá district of Antioquia. Her mother had already relocated to Turbo, Colombia, when her father departed for Venezuela.
When C. Ibargüen’s coach, Wilder Zapata, saw how talented she was at volleyball, he offered that she compete in the prestigious Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex in Medelln.
Tokyo 2020: How Triple-Jumper C. Ibargüen Became an Olympic Legend
C. Ibargüen will be defending her Olympic triple jump gold in Tokyo today. With a jump of 15.17 metres, the Colombian earned gold in Rio, besting the silver she had achieved in London in 2012.
No, she is not the first person to win an Olympic gold medal. What, therefore, is it about her experience that makes it so extraordinary?
C. Ibargüen qualified for her first Olympic Games in the high jump in 2004 at the Athens Games. Yet, the 24-year-old was left feeling disheartened after placing a dismal 30th overall.
C. Ibargüen, however, was not about to give up on her goal of winning an Olympic medal. The official Olympics Twitter account posted a footage depicting her comeback from the 2008 Athens Olympics.
Where she had won silver in the long jump, to the 2012 London Olympics, where she had won silver in the triple leap.
Colombia’s C. Ibargüen Brings Golden Triple Jumping Career to Close at 37
C. Ibargüen, 37, has announced her retirement after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She won the gold medal in the triple jump at Rio 2016 for Colombia and was the global champion in 2013 and 2015.
Here, C. Ibargüen qualified for her third straight Olympic final and placed tenth overall, as Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela. Her clear successor in the event, set a new world mark with a distance of 15.67 metres to win gold.
After placing second at the London 2012 Olympics to Kazakhstan’s Olga Rypakova in the triple jump. The Colombian dominated the event for years, setting a new world record of 15.31 metres in Monaco in 2014.
Rypakova ended the streak in June 2016 in the Birmingham Diamond League event. But shortly after, C. Ibargüen won gold at the Olympics in Brazil with a personal best of 15.17 metres, and Rojas took silver.
C. Ibargüen of Colombia, a multiple-medal winner in international championships, has said she will retire from track and field after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
C. Ibargüen, at 37 years old, is a two-time world champion who won the Olympic triple jump competition in Rio in 2016. He also won gold medals at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.