Westmont native Tori Franklin became the first American woman to win a medal in the triple jump at the world championships in track and field, vaulting to bronze Monday with a fifth attempt of 14.72 meters.
Reigning Olympic champion Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela won her third consecutive world title with a jump of 15.47 meters, while Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica won her second consecutive silver with 14.89. The competition will be held in Eugene, Oregon.
Franklin’s historic end marked a dramatic comeback for the Downers Grove South graduate, who spoke openly about his mental health issues after failing to reach the final at the Tokyo Olympics last year. After that disappointing result, he moved to Greece and started training with his third coach since 2020.
She finished second at the US championships last month behind two-time Olympic finalist Keturah Orji. Orji finished sixth in the world championships after qualifying for the final.
A former All-American at Michigan State, a beaming 29-year-old Franklin took a victory lap with an American flag and then gleefully danced on the podium with Rojas.
“It’s been a long, hard couple of years for me,” he said. told reporters after the event. “I’ve been through a lot and I’m happy that I’m finally racing to the best of my ability.
“It’s very difficult right now in our event because Rojas is just an amazing jumper and Shanieka always comes with this energy. I feel truly blessed to be among these special women.”