Havana, Mar 5.- As one of the great sensations of the Tokyo 2020, Cuban jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría was listed on the event's website, which will be held next summer in the Japanese capital.
The Cuban athlete will be one of the great sensations in Tokyo 2020 and aims to surpass the world record in long jump, in force for three decades, published this Thursday on its cover the website dedicated to disseminating events related to the most important sporting event in the world.
So much expectation has been created around Echevarría in recent years that many have already predicted that he will overcome Mike Powell's long jump world record, which has been in force since 1991 with a mark of 8.95 meters. A record, by the way, that the American athletics legend achieved at the Tokyo Stadium, acknowledges the publication published in seven languages.
At 22 years old and born in the province of Camagüey, Echevarría exhibits the title of current indoor world champion and a bronze medal in the universal outdoor competition. His personal best is 8.68 meters and he also has a record of 8.83 that was not homologated because he did it with a wind greater than allowed (2.0 meters per second).
Also a winner at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, he led the recently completed indoor circuit and occupies the first position in the world ranking by points for 86 consecutive weeks.
Juan Miguel has been on all the podiums of the competitions since 2017 and another one of his “super” jumps is still remembered, when in March 2019 he registered 8.92 meters in Havana, although also with more wind in favor of the allowed one.
The dream of gold in Tokyo has been with him since he emerged in the elite and is encouraged by the example of Iván Pedroso, the still best Cuban long jumper of all time.
Overtaking Ivan is a demanding task, as the Sydney 2000 Olympic champion also accumulated nine world titles (four outdoors and five indoors) and holds the national record with 8.71 meters.
At the moment, it seems that the most affordable goal for Echevarría and many specialists consider that it could be erased in the current season.
Either way, this and other goals make up the horizon of a boy who has shown plenty of talent, who takes each day as a new step towards what is planned and supports the dream with discipline and perseverance.
Next August 2 will be his big test at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, in the same city where exactly 30 years ago Mike Powel became the best jumper in history. (Text and photo: JIT)