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Juan Miguel Echevarria Makes Longest Jump Since 1995

Juan Miguel Echevarria Makes Longest Jump Since 1995

Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba competes to win the men's long jump event. (Christine Olsson/TT News Agency via Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 June 2018 05:19 PM

Juan Miguel Echevarria, a 19-year-old Cuban athlete, logged the longest-recorded jump since 1995 with an 8.83-meter (28.97-foot) long jump in Stockholm on Sunday.

And while the Diamond League leap won't make it into the official record books because of wind, it is turning heads, USA Today noted.

The maximum allowable wind for an official record is 2.0 meter/second, and the wind behind Echevarria was 2.1 meters/second, according to Sports Illustrated. Otherwise, the his jump would have been the fifth-best of all time.

Mike Powell holds the world record long jump at 8.95 meters, according to SI.

Echevarria, who nearly cleared the pit, won the event by about a foot and a half, Runners World noted.

Ten years of training led up to Sunday's jump, according to a feature article on the The International Association of Athletics Federations website.

In March, Echevarria took gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Sunday's jump surprised the athlete, who said he wanted to clear 8.50 meters, "but I didn’t think I could jump so far [as 8.83m]," according to the IAAF.

Now he has his eyes on further accomplishments.

"I want to win the Olympic Games and to set a world record," he said, according to the IAAF.

The jump drew attention on social media.

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Juan Miguel Echevarria, a 19-year-old Cuban athlete, logged the longest-recorded jump since 1995 with an 8.83-meter (28.97-foot) long jump in Stockholm on Sunday.
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