• Echevarría Improves Long Jump World Lead to 6.68m
The 19-year-old Cuban long jump sensation Juan Miguel Echevarría beat his own World lead and personal best (under legal weather conditions) on Saturday at the 25th International Long Jump competition in Bad Langelsalsa, Germany on Saturday, June 30. (See Video Below)
Echevarría in round 4 leaped 8.68m (wind +1.7m/s) defeating the reigning World champion Luvo Manyonga of South Africa who took second place in the competition with 8.42m jump. Manyonga's compatriots Rushwahl Sammaai (8.40m) and Zarck Visser (8.40m) took third and fourth place respectively.
Echevarría, two weeks ago at Diamond League meet in Stockholm, almost landed outside of the long jump pit after he managed to leap a wind aided (+2.1m/s) 8.83m.
The women's long jump contest took local athlete, Alexandra Wester, who jumped 6.64m in the last round to beat her compatriot Melanie Bausche by 1cm.