June 10, 2018
In Rome two weeks ago, 19-year-old world indoor champ Juan Miguel Echevarría flirted with the nine-meter mark a couple of times, but fouled both jumps. This time on his final jump with the competition wrapped up, he got the white flag, flying out to an incredible 8.83 meters (28-11.5). Unfortunately for Echevarria, the wind (+2.1) was just above the legal limit, but it was still an amazing performance. Had the wind been +2.0, it would have stood as the longest legal jump since Mike Powell set the world record of 8.95 way back in 1991.
Nonetheless, Echevarria was pumped, his coach was pumped, and the other jumpers including Olympic champion Jeff Henderson were pumped. Watch it yourself in the video below. We’ve got two version (2nd one is in English) because the reaction is exciting no matter the language.
“Today, I wanted over 8.50m but I didn’t think I could jump so far!” Echevarria said. “I want to jump at this level for a long time but it’s early season so I will just take it all step by step. I’m not even thinking about nine meters – I will have to keep working very hard in order to jump that, it is a huge barrier.”
Long Jump - Men - Diamond Discipline Pts Wind 1 Echevarría , Juan Miguel CUB 8.83 8 +2.1 2 Henderson , Jeff USA 8.39 7 +3.4 3 Manyonga , Luvo RSA 8.25 6 +0.7 4 Samaai , Ruswahl RSA 8.20 5 +1.9 5 Nilsson Montler , Thobias SWE 8.09 4 +3.3 6 Tentoglou , Miltiadis GRE 8.05 3 +3.1 7 Frayne , Henry AUS 8.04 2 +2.8 8 Smith , Tyrone BER 7.94 1 -0.8
Round 1 8.03-1.6
Round 2 x+1.7
Round 3 8.29-0.1
Round 4 8.50+0.2
Round 5 –
Round 6 8.83+2.1