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Cuba’s Juan Echevarría leaps to longest ever wind-legal jump by a teenager

Jermaine Wright
Track & Field (U20)


Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría soared to the longest ever wind-legal jump by a teenager, surpassing the previous best of 8.62m set by Carl Lewis all the way back in 1981.

The 19-year-old Cuban leaped to a world-leading 8.66 metres to win well ahead of Luvo Manyonga (8.31m) at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic a short while ago.

The mark is also a meet and facility record and comes very close to the Cuban national record of 8.71m set by legend Iván Pedroso back in 1995.

Just last week the world indoor champion jumped nearly 29 feet (8.83 meters), nearly landing outside of the sand pit at a Diamond League meet in the Swedish capital.

It is the longest distance recorded in the event in 23 years.

Unfortunately for Echevarria, his mark did not stand won’t stand for record purposes because the tailwind (2.1 meters per second) was just over the IAAF legal limit of 2.0 m/s. It would have been the fifth-best all-time.

Pedroso also suffered the same fate in 1995 when he jumped 8.96m but the mark was disputed over wind gauge irregularities and never submitted for ratification.

Echevarría hit the mark on his third attempt but also had jumps of 8.54m (twice) and 8.40m, all surpassing the 20 year old previous meet record of 8.35m set by Pedroso in 1998.

Mike Powell, who still holds the official long jump record at 8.95m, set in 1991 is a firm believer in Echevarria’s talent.

“This boy is the real deal. 8.66 (28-5) in the cold. I may be a “former” sometime in the near future. He’s a good kid also, I’ll be cheering for him,” the USA great said on social media after the meet.

Jamaican Damar Forbes finished 7th with a best of 7.42m

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