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Cuban athlete Echevarria jumps at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban athlete Juan Miguel Echevarria stunned the athletic world on Saturday after jumping 8.50 meters in his first and only attempt during the men's long jump qualification at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Echevarria, 22, breathed deeply, took the momentum race, stepped on the board with almost no margin with the clay and ‘flew’ to achieve his best result of the season to score in the final competition in that sport.

From the tactical point of view, the world bronze medalist in Doha 2019 explained that during the pace of the race he was thinking in a 8.20 meters or 8.30 meters and he did not work 100 percent of his possibilities.

Echevarria, the world indoors champion in Birmingham in 2018, has a personal record of 8.68 meters and is considered the right man to break the nine-meter barrier, according to experts who have analyzed his physical and technical capabilities. jg/iff/mh/jdg

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