On Aug. 16, Dong Bin won China's first ever bronze medal for the men's triple jump at the Rio Olympic Games. However, following his excellent first round, Dong sustained an injury that prevented him from finishing the last round of the event.
In the first round, Dong surprised himself by jumping 17.58 meters. This was Dong's personal best for both indoor and outdoor tournaments. In the second round, however, Dong ran into some difficulties.
"I sprained my right ankle, the side I use for taking off. I didn't want to have any regrets, so I still tried to jump in the third round, but I couldn't," Dong explained.
Dong accepted emergency treatment, but he eventually had to admit defeat in the third round. Although he accomplished an overall impressive performance in the event, he admitted that he still feels bad about his performance, as his score was only 1 centimeter below the Asian record set by Chinese athlete Li Yanxi in 2009.
Early in 2016, Dong scored 17.41 meters and raised his record by 25 centimeters. In March, he won a gold medal in the World Championships of indoor track and field with a performance of 17.33 meters.
Dong kept his competition status in the outdoor matches as well, explaining that he did not originally plan to participate in the indoor games. He received the invitation to participate after winning the championship, and he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.
Dong participated in six games in just three months, exhausting himself in the process. Now, with this Olympic bronze medal, he has justified all his hard work.
"I thought about this score before, but I can't believe I've actually achieved it. Although I haven't broken the Asian record, I'm still hopeful about my prospects in the future," Dong said.