Tamgho targets Sopot 2014 world indoors

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Triple jump world champion Teddy Tamgho is set to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, in March.

He had previously won the indoor title back in 2010 in Doha.

He is also the Indoor world record holder (17.92m), set at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris in 2011.

Last year Tamgho was kept from competing during the indoor season as he was still recovering from ankle surgery.

It was the same surgery that prevented him from entering the 2012 European Athletics Championships and Olympic Games.

The Frenchmen then came back to claim gold at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow becoming the third triple jumper in history to clear the mythical 18-metre mark (18.04m).

Tamgho, 24, told L’ one of his goals is to surpass Jonathan Edwards’ 18.29m world record. “In sports your goal is not to be third but first.” 

Adding the Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games in 2016 will remain his primary focus, but in the meantime Tamgho will have the opportunity to add a title still missing in his career at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

“I hope that my desire to add these titles will allow me to keep jumping further,” he said.

Tamgho, coached by legendary Cuban long jumper Ivan Pedroso, will head to Alicante in Spain over the winter for training camp, in preparation for Sopot.

Pedroso said: “He only needs 2 or 3 competitions to get ready for the main event during the winter.”

Until then, Teddy Tamgho will be enjoying the end of year award season.

He has been nominated for the IAAF Athlete of the Year award. 

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