Ukrainian Olha Saladuha became gold medalist in the 13th World Championships in Athletics, held in Daegu, South Korea. Saladuha won the finals in the triple jump competition among females and became the world champion.
At the Championships the 28 year old Ukrainian sportswoman cleared the distance of 14,94 meters (49,02 feet) on her first attempt. This is Saladuha’s personal record in the international competitions that secured her the World Champion title. Though, the athlete has previously set a personal record of 14,98 meters (49,15 feet) in triple jump. Saladuha won the first award for Ukraine in the ongoing championship, where a team of the Ukrainian athletes is currently competing.
This is not the first time that Olha Saladuha demonstrated excellent results in the international tournaments. In 2007 the athlete placed first at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand. Three years later, on July 31, 2010, Saladuha won her title of the ruling European Champion at the 20th European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain, having rapidly gotten in shape only one year after giving birth to her first child.
Ukraine has an extensive history of prize-winning in the triple jump discipline. It gained bronzes at the 1997 World Series and 2000 Olympics, as well as the fourth place at the 2006 Euro Championships. Ukraine also became the finalist at the 2008 Olympics and 2010 European Championship.
One of the most celebrated Ukrainian athletes in triple jump is Inessa Kravets. Born in 1966, the jumper won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, 1995 Gothenburg World Championships, and 1993 Toronto World Indoor Championships.
One of the recent achievements of Ukrainian athletes in the field is the victory of a 22 year old Sheryf El-Sheryf at the Ostrava European U23 Championsips on July 17, 2011. His result of 17,72 meters (58,14 feet) is the world’s second best result of the season. Considering El-Sheryf’s best performance before coming to Ostrava was a mere 16,92 meters (55,51 feet), his European U23 Championsips performance was nothing short of being remarkable.