Cuba’s Echevarria produces monster leap in Stockholm


Juan Miguel Echevarria sails through the air during the men’s long jump competition at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Stockholm on Sunday.

Reuters Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria produced the furthest long jump in 23 years — 8.83 meters — in winning the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on Sunday, but a tailwind denied him a place in the record books.

The 19-year-old raced to the stands to celebrate with supporters after producing the fifth longest jump in all conditions, behind Mike Powell, Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis and Robert Emmiyan.

Even though his delight was tempered by the ruling that the wind of 2.1 mps was just over the legal limit, Echevarria was still delighted with the mark which bodes well for the rest of the season.

“Today I wanted 8.5 meters but I didn’t think I could jump so far,” he said.

American Powell holds the world record with 8.95 from the 1991 world championships.

Echevarria finished first ahead of American Jeff Henderson (8.39) and South Africa’s world champion Luvo Manyonga (8.25).

On the track, Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba posted his fourth Diamond League race win this year to take the 400 hurdles in a league and Asian record time of 47.41 seconds.

It was Samba’s fifth consecutive sub-48 clocking, the first time that has been achieved since Derrick Adkins in 1995.

“I was looking for something big and I got that today,” said Samba, who finished ahead of Norwegian world champion Karsten Warholm.

In the men’s 200, Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev, who won gold at last year’s world championships, clocked 19.92 to win.

Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith continued her recent excellent form to win the women’s 100 in 10.93, only .01 slower than the British record she set in Oslo on Thursday.

The men’s race was won by Hassan Taftian in a season’s best 10.07, .03 off his own Iranian national record.


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