On August 14, 2016, Yulimar Rojas embroidered with silver threads the promise of being the greatest athlete in the history of Venezuela. She was only 21 years old, but she jumped - without hesitation - from anonymity to the second step of the Olympic podium. That first run was 14.98 meters. The rest is history.
He exceeded how much expectation was raised on his behalf. She was world champion outdoors, in 2017 and 2019, and on the indoor track in 2018. She bathed in gold at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, setting a new record (15.11 meters), and even became the first Venezuelan to win the World Athletics Athlete of the Year Award.
Erected as the best tripler of the present time, she arrived at the Tokyo Olympic Games to rediscover that distant promise, which began as an individual dream and became the desire of an entire country.
Met with authority
Much had happened, but the commitment was intact in her mind and he fulfilled it in an impressive way: with gold, the Olympic record (15.41 m) and the world record (15.67 m).
Venezuela was paralyzed and the whole world surrendered at the feet of who has been called the "Queen of the Triple Jump." But she continued to struggle and delayed her return home to pay off an outstanding debt, the Diamond League. And he also won.
She broke the competition record (15.52m) and set new records in the two meetings in which she participated to crown the League for the first time in her career.
She did everything and that is how he arrived in her country this Tuesday. With the diamond in her hand, the Olympic gold on her chest, the national tricolor on her back and an affirmation for which there is no doubt: she is the greatest athlete born in Venezuela.
She is not one of the best, she is the best.
And that is a statement that transcends her discipline and goes even beyond Olympism.
Yulimar is the greatest of Venezuelan sport in all its expressions. And that is how her people received her, with pride and gratitude, first in La Guaira and later in Caracas.
The queen smiled, danced, and offered words of encouragement at each stop. She was close, authentic and caring. Innate inspiration.