19-year-old Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría made an amazing jump that landed him nearly outside of the sand pit.
The young athlete was competing in Sweden at the Diamond League track and field meet.
“Echevarria, the 19-year-old world indoor champion, jumped nearly 29 feet (8.83 meters), the longest distance recorded in the event in 23 years, Track and Field News reported. Ivan Pedroso jumped 8.96 meters in 1995, but that mark was disputed over wind gauge irregularities and never submitted for ratification.” Reported Huffington Post
However, the jump did not count due to the tailwind being over the 2.1 meters per second.
It would have been the fifth best all-time, according to Sports Illustrated.
“I want to jump at this level for a long time, but it’s early season so I will take it all step by step,” Echevarria said, per Track and Field News.
Mike Powell of the United States still holds the official long jump record at 8.95 meters, set in 1991.