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WOW: 19-year-old records world's longest jump since 1995

Posted at 8:25 PM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 23:25:27-04

When you record a jump longer than any other human being has recorded since you've been alive, you're probably doing OK for yourself.

Such was the case for Juan Miguel Echevarria, a 19-year-old from Cuba. With this 8.83-meter long jump (nearly 29 feet) at the IAAF Diamond League in Stockholm last weekend, Echevarria made the longest jump recorded in any conditions since 1995.

“Today I wanted over 8.50 (meters) but I didn’t think I could jump so far,” Echevarria said, according to

Echevarria almost out-jumped the pit. Incredible.

For what it's worth, the long-jump world record is 8.95 meters, accomplished by American Mike Powell in 1991. But Echevarria has plenty of time to shatter that record.