August 2, 2021
Tokyo (Reuters)-Greece’s Miltiadis Tentgrow jumped 8.41 meters in the final attempt to steal a gold medal from Cuba’s Juan Miguel Eschvaria, winning the men’s long jump in the most dramatic way on Monday.
Tentglow was a world leader who came to Tokyo with a leap of 8.60m at the national tournament in May, but he had a hard time finding him and was out of the medal position because he finally hit the runway. did.
He hit the board to match the top mark perfectly with his next best jump of 8.15m, which guarantees him gold by edging out 8.09m in Cuba.
Eshvaria, who was limping, had another chance to improve her second best effort, but pulled up and knelt on the board before being comforted by her compatriot Meikermaso, who won the bronze medal at 8.21.
“What a great race! What an incredible jump, the last jump,” said the Greeks after winning their first long jump gold medal.
“It didn’t work at first, but in the end I was able to pull something out to win a medal. I always have something left and something in reserve.”
Thirty years ago, after a spectacular world championship duel with the United States, when Mike Powell set a world record of 8.95m, the biggest long jump tournament in history was held at the Tokyo National Stadium, where the Olympic Stadium is now. it was done. Carl Lewis.
The new empty stadium in the midst of COVID-19-related curbs and morning schedules meant that the Monday event felt millions of miles away from its spectacular night, athletes were the first in Maso. -Round 8.21 to set a moderate pace.
Spaniard Eusebio Caceres was looking for a bronze set on his last leap of 8.18 meters before the final jump of the tent glow.
(Report by Sudipto Ganguly and Mitch Phillips, edited by Himani Sarkar)
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