Argentine sprinter German Chiaravilio this afternoon jumped 5.50 meters with his head and won the gold medal in the specialty, within the framework of the tournament that was held in Los Angeles, USA, to face qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 34-year-old from Santa Fe won the competition in Azusa, California.
“I’m glad I arrived last night (Friday) and ended up sleeping today at 2.00 am. After this trip, it’s a very good sign,” the athlete told Tillam, once the victory was complete.
Chiaraviglio, who reached the final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the 2015 Beijing World Cup, had just won the test at the 101st edition of the Argentine Athletics Championships held in Concepción del Uruguay, last weekend. On that occasion, Santa Fe set a record of 5.55 meters.
Ciaraviglio, winner of 14 titles in Argentino de Mayors (two ahead of Juan Ignacio Serra, first winner in the discipline of hammer throwing), will participate in another preparatory competition on Saturday 24th in Chula Vista, also in California.
According to World Athletics – the body that governs global athletics – Chiaraviglio is 28th out of 32 Pole Vault players who rank the Olympic Games with 1,235 points.
The best mark for Santa of his career is the 5.75 meters, which he won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.