Yulimar ROJAS

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Venezuela Venezuela
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    21 OCT 1995
    ATHLETE'S CODE
    14436431
15.37m victory for Yulimar Rojas in the triple jump at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 (Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Women's Overall Ranking 1 1561
Women's Triple Jump 1 1561

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Women's Overall Ranking 1 for 8 weeks
Women's Triple Jump 1 for 144 weeks
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
100 Metres 11.94 -0.9 Caracas (VEN) 19 SEP 2013 1008
High Jump 1.87 Barquisimeto (VEN) 05 APR 2013 1091
Long Jump 6.88 +1.4 La Nucia (ESP) 13 JUN 2021 NR 1191
Long Jump 7.27 * +2.7 La Nucia (ESP) 13 JUN 2021 1262
Triple Jump 15.67 +0.7 National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN) 01 AUG 2021 WR, AR, NR 1290
4x100 Metres Relay 46.70 Medellín (COL) 25 AUG 2013 1025

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
Long Jump 6.81 Arena Stade Couvert, Liévin (FRA) 17 FEB 2022 NR 1176
Triple Jump 15.74 Štark Arena, Beograd (SRB) 20 MAR 2022 WR(p), AR, NR 1297

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
Long Jump 6.81 Arena Stade Couvert, Liévin (FRA) 17 FEB 2022 NR 1176
Triple Jump 15.74 Štark Arena, Beograd (SRB) 20 MAR 2022 WR(p), AR, NR 1297

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2013 11.94 -0.9 Caracas (VEN) 19 SEP 2013

Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2015 1.80 Mungyeong (KOR) 04 OCT 2015
2014 1.82 San Felipe (VEN) 01 FEB 2014
2013 1.87 Barquisimeto (VEN) 05 APR 2013
2012 1.75 Barquisimeto (VEN) 08 JUN 2012
2011 1.81 Barquisimeto (VEN) 13 AUG 2011
2010 1.67 Caracas (VEN) 30 MAY 2010

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2021 6.88 +1.4 La Nucia (ESP) 13 JUN 2021
2019 6.26 +1.1 Zaragoza (ESP) 15 JUN 2019
2015 6.57 0.0 Barinas (VEN) 17 APR 2015
2014 6.53 +0.3 Ciudad de México (MEX) 15 AUG 2014
2013 6.23 -1.5 Caracas (VEN) 19 SEP 2013
2012 5.93 Barquisimeto (VEN) 24 AUG 2012
2011 5.57 -0.2 Barquisimeto (VEN) 13 MAY 2011

Outdoor

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2021 15.67 +0.7 National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN) 01 AUG 2021
2020 14.71 +0.7 Castellón (ESP) 05 SEP 2020
2019 15.41 +1.5 Andújar (ESP) 06 SEP 2019
2017 14.96 -0.3 Andújar (ESP) 02 JUN 2017
2016 15.02 -0.4 Moratalaz, Madrid (ESP) 23 JUN 2016
2015 14.20 +2.0 CIBC, Toronto (CAN) 21 JUL 2015
2014 13.65 +0.2 Barquisimeto (VEN) 27 SEP 2014

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2013 46.70 Medellín (COL) 25 AUG 2013

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2021/22 6.81 Arena Stade Couvert, Liévin (FRA) 17 FEB 2022
2019/20 6.59 Velódromo Luis Puig, Valencia (ESP) 01 FEB 2020

Indoor

Triple Jump

Performance Place Date
2021/22 15.74 Štark Arena, Beograd (SRB) 20 MAR 2022
2019/20 15.43 Gallur, Madrid (ESP) 21 FEB 2020
2018/19 14.92 Gallur, Madrid (ESP) 08 FEB 2019
2017/18 14.63 Arena Birmingham, Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2018
2016/17 14.79 Madrid (ESP) 28 JAN 2017
2015/16 14.69 Madrid (ESP) 23 JAN 2016

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 15.67 +0.7 National Stadium, Tokyo (JPN) 01 AUG 2021
2. Triple Jump 14.98 +0.8 Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 14 AUG 2016

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 15.37 -0.6 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT) 05 OCT 2019
1. Triple Jump 14.91 +0.4 Olympic Stadium, London (GBR) 07 AUG 2017

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 15.74 Štark Arena, Beograd (SRB) 20 MAR 2022
1. Triple Jump 14.63 Arena Birmingham, Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2018
1. Triple Jump 14.41 Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR (USA) 19 MAR 2016

Honours - South American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Triple Jump 14.36 +1.4 Asunción (PAR) 23 JUN 2017
5. High Jump 1.73 Cartagena de Indias (COL) 07 JUL 2013
7. Long Jump 6.18 +0.6 Cartagena de Indias (COL) 06 JUL 2013

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 15.11 +0.6 Lima (PER) 09 AUG 2019
4. Triple Jump 14.37 +2.2 CIBC, Toronto (CAN) 21 JUL 2015

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Triple Jump 15.48 +0.3 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 09 SEP 2021
1. Triple Jump 15.56 +3.5 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI) 26 AUG 2021
1. Triple Jump 15.15 +2.0 Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha (QAT) 28 MAY 2021
1. Triple Jump 14.27 0.0 Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON) 14 AUG 2020
1. Triple Jump 15.05 -0.7 Stade Charléty, Paris (FRA) 24 AUG 2019
1. Triple Jump 14.98 0.0 Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON) 11 JUL 2019
1. Triple Jump 14.84 +0.6 Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA) 08 JUN 2017

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. High Jump 1.70 Barinas (VEN) 12 OCT 2013
Results in:

Long Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
12 FEB 2022 Campeonato España Clubes, Gallur, Madrid ESPESP F F 2. 6.55
17 FEB 2022 Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, Arena Stade Couvert, Liévin - World Athletics Indoor Tour FRAFRA A F 1. 6.81

Triple Jump Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
02 MAR 2022 World Indoor Tour Madrid 2022, Gallur, Madrid - Indoor Meeting ESPESP A F 1. 15.41
20 MAR 2022 World Athletics Indoor Championships, Štark Arena, Beograd SRBSRB GW F1 1. 15.74

Last updated: 22 February 2021

Born: Caracas, 21 October 1995. Coach: Ivan Pedroso.


Yulimar Rojas was born in Caracas, but her athletic talent was nurtured in the eastern state of Anzoátegui on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.

Volleyball was the first sport she practised, at the age of 14. A tall girl, she was attracted by the possibility to take advantage of her height and the success of the Venezuelan women’s team, which had qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games a couple of years prior.

A lack of volleyball coaches prevented her from taking up that sport. Instead, athletics coaches took note of her potential.

Rojas and her family lived in a ‘ranchito’, a shanty house made of bricks and a zinc roof, commonly found in poor neighbourhoods around the country. But poverty wasn’t the only obstacle during her early years in the sport. Despite being selected for the national team in the high jump, Rojas’s father refused to give his consent to allow Rojas to travel to international competitions.

Eventually she was allowed to compete overseas and she first enjoyed international success when winning the high jump at the 2011 South American U20 Championships in Medellín.

She made something of a breakthrough in 2013, setting two national U20 records on the same day in Barquisimeto, clearing 1.87m in the high jump and landing at 6.17m in the long jump. That year she also earned high jump silver at the Pan American U20 Championships in Cali and at the Bolivarian Games in Trujillo.

In 2014, she tried the triple jump for the first time and set a national U20 record of 13.57m on her debut. She persevered with the other jumping events, though, and won the high jump at the South American Games in Chile that year.

Her focus changed to the horizontal jumps and she competed in both the long and triple jumps at the World U20 Championships in Eugene, reaching the final of the former. Later in the year, she won both horizontal jumps at the South American U23 Championships in Montevideo.

In recognition of her athletic achievements, her family was given better housing and her younger sister Yerilda Zapata qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, where she competed in the discus.

She set her first senior national records at the 2015 Venezuelan Championships, leaping 6.57m in the long jump and 14.17m in the triple jump. After a long season of competitions, and with an aching body, she decided against competing at the World Championships. But watching the event on TV made her realise she had the potential to be among the world’s best.

After linking up with Ivan Pedroso in late 2015, Rojas moved to Spain for the next chapter in her athletics development. The move soon paid dividends with Rojas improving to 14.69m during the 2016 indoor season and winning the world indoor title in Portland. Outdoors, she sailed out to 15.02m and claimed Olympic silver in Rio with 14.98m.

That was to be Rojas’s last defeat at a global championships.

In 2017 she won her first outdoor world title, beating defending champion Caterine Ibarguen.

Ankle injuries ruled her out for almost the entire 2018 season, but she managed just one competition – the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham – and successfully defended her title.

Back to full fitness in 2019, Rojas started the year with an indoor PB of 14.92m and regularly landed beyond the 15-metre line outdoors, topped by a 15.41m South American record in Andujar in September.

One month later in Doha, she retained her world title with 15.37m, the second-best jump of her career.

If the start of her 2020 campaign is anything to go by – having broken the world indoor record in Madrid with 15.43m – Rojas looks set to add to her collection of championship medals later this year.

 

Stats

 

Rojas's progression (high jump, long jump, triple jump)
2010: 1.63m, 5.42m, -
2011: 1.81m, 5.57m, -
2012: 1.75m, 5.93m, -
2013: 1.87m, 6.23m, -
2014: 1.82m, 6.48m, 13.65m
2015: 1.80m, 6.57m, 14.20m
2016: -, -, 15.02m
2017: -, -, 14.96m
2018: -, -, 14.63m
2019: -, 6.26m, 15.41m
2020: -, 6.59m, 15.43m

World indoor triple jump record progression
14.14m Galina Chistyakova (URS) Glasgow 1990
14.30m Inessa Kravets (URS) Seville 1991
14.39m Inessa Kravets (URS) Seville 1991
14.44m Inessa Kravets (URS) Seville 1991
14.46m Iolanda Chen (URS) Moscow 1993
14.47m Inessa Kravets (UKR) Toronto 1993
14.61m Inna Lasovskaya (RUS) Moscow 1994
14.78m Inna Lasovskaya (RUS) Moscow 1994
14.90m Inna Lasovskaya (RUS) Lievin 1994
15.03m Iolanda Chen (RUS) Barcelona 1995
15.16m Ashia Hansen (GBR) Valencia 1998
15.16m Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) Budapest 2004
15.25m Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) Budapest 2004
15.36m Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) Budapest 2004
15.43m Yulimar Rojas (VEN) Madrid 2020