Dong strikes gold for China at World Indoors

Triple jumper becomes only third athlete ever to take gold at event

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 March, 2016, 11:40am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 March, 2016, 11:40am

Dong Bin became only the third athlete from China to win a gold medal in the history of the World Indoor Athletics Championships here Saturday after claiming victory in the triple jump.

The 27-year-old from Changsha led the competition from start to finish, taking gold with a best leap of 17.33m at the Oregon Convention Center.

Germany’s Max Hess took silver with 17.14 while Frenchman Benjamin Compaore won bronze.

Only two other Chinese athletes – sprint hurdler Liu Xiang in 2008 and shot putter Sui Xinmei in 1991 have won gold at the world indoors before.