Tailwind helps Cuban leap 8.83m

Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba making his 8.83m jump. It cannot be regarded as a record owing to the 2.1m/sec tailwind.
Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba making his 8.83m jump. It cannot be regarded as a record owing to the 2.1m/sec tailwind.PHOTO: REUTERS

STOCKHOLM • Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria produced the furthest long jump in 23 years - 8.83 metres - 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 metres per second 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 metres but I didn't think I could jump so far," he said. "I'm not thinking about nine metres. I'll have to work very hard to achieve that."

American Powell holds the world record of 8.95m from the 1991 World Championships.

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

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

It was his fifth consecutive sub-48sec 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 200m, Turkey's Ramil Guliyev, who won gold at last year's World Championships, clocked 19.92 to win although the victory was slightly marred by an injury to Bahamian Steven Gardiner, who pulled up with 100 metres to run.

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith continued her recent excellent form to win the women's 100m in 10.93, a time only 0.01 slower than her British record of 10.92 which she set in Oslo on Thursday.

The men's race was won by Hassan Taftian in a season's best 10.07, which was 0.03 off his own Iranian national record.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline 'Tailwind helps Cuban leap 8.83m'. Print Edition | Subscribe