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16-Year-Old Cuban Leaps To Incredible Triple Jump Record At U18 Worlds

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Triple jump gold was won Cuban Jordan Diaz at the World U18 Athletics Championships in Nairobi on Friday.

Diaz winning gold was not solely notable due to his age - he's just 16 - but also the distance of his winning jump.

Remarkably, Diaz leapt to a massive 17.30m with his fourth attempt of the competition. A mark of how incredible an achievement that is for someone his age is it being the seventh longest triple jump by anyone this season.


All four Diaz's legal jumps, even his worst effort of 15.99m, would have been enough to win the competition. Ecuadorian Frixon David Chila finished second with 15.92m and Colombian Arnovis de Jesus Dalmero third with 15.89m.

With his third effort, Diaz jumped to 17.00m, becoming just the second ever U18 athlete to hit that mark or further.

In the next round, he went 30cm further as he set a world best for an U18 athlete.

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