And there are five gold medals in the senior category for Nélson Évora. It all started at the 2007 World Championship, lasted at the 2008 Olympics and continued at the indoor track in 2015 and 2017. This year was the turn of Berlin, this time in an outdoor European.
A jump of 17.10 meters, his best of the season, in the fifth rehearsal was worth the climb to the top of the final, relegating the Azerbaijani Alexis Copello (16.93) and Greek Dimitrios Tsiámis (16.78) to the second and third place, respectively.
It was the title that was lacking, but there are still the Olympic Games in Tokyo to try to repeat the title ten years ago and, above all, an objective that defined in this new phase of the career: to beat the national record of the triple jump. That, when he promised, it was his (Osaka 2007) and was at 17.74m, but today it is 17.95m, established by the new star of the discipline in Portugal: the Portuguese-Cuban Pedro Pichardo achieved this mark in the Diamond League in May, in Qatar.
The Portuguese athlete was crowned the European champion of triple jump, completing the outdoor bouquet in the open air: Olympic (2008), World (2007) and now European.