Teenage athlete produces remarkable long jump at the Stockholm Diamond League

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Teenage Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarria soared to victory at the Stockholm Diamond League after jumping a remarkable 8.83 metres.

His jump, in the final round of the men’s long jump on Sunday, stands as the fifth longest of all time.

Perhaps even more astoundingly, no-one has jump as far in over 20 years – meaning that Echevarria wasn’t even born the last time someone jumped further than him.

Fellow Cuban Iván Pedroso was the last man to do so, with a jump of 8.96 metres in 1995.

The jump even seemed to shock Echevarria himself, who said after the event: “Today I wanted over 8.50m, but I didn’t think I could jump so far.”

Despite the remarkable jump and distance, sadly for the athlete, it won't be considered for the record books.

Echevarria is desperately unlucky that the jump will not be eligible for record purposes due to the 2.1m/s tailwind. Had it been just 0.1m/s slower, the Cuban’s jump would have been etched into the record books forever.

World champion Luvo Manyonga was regarded as the favourite prior to the event, having beaten Echeverria just 10 days ago in Rome, with a jump of 8.58 metres.

The 27-year-old South African won silver at the Rio Olympic Games as well as taking home gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia. However, he was unable to add to his impressive record on Sunday as he posted a longest jump of just 8.25 metres to finish third.

The talented youngster represented his country at the World Championships in London last year, before going on to claim Cuba’s only gold medal at this year’s World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, with a jump of 8.46 metres.

He’ll certainly be one to look out for in the years to come and surely has a shot at taking home the gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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