Sport • 19 September, 2017

Olga Rypakova won gold at the 5th Asian Games

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Kazakh athlete Olga Rypakova won a gold medal in long jump at the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Olga Rypakova jumped by 6.43 meters in the third attempt. Thus, she brought a third gold medal to the national team. The silver medal went to Thai athlete Bui Thi Thu Thao, who jumped for 6.36 meters. The third place went to Indian athlete Varakil Neena, which showed a result of 6.04 meters.

Olga Rypakova is a Kazakh track and field athlete. Originally a heptathlete, she switched to focus on the long jump and began to compete in the triple jump after 2007. Her first successes came in the combined events at Asian competitions – she won the women's pentathlon at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games and took the heptathlon gold at the 2006 Asian Games the following year.

She competed in both jumping events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished fourth in the triple jump with an Asian record of 15.11 meters. Rypakova has represented Kazakhstan at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships in Athletics. She reached the world podium for the first time at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, where she took gold with an Asian indoor record jump of 15.14 m. She won the gold medal in triple jump at the 2012 London Olympics.

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