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Cuba harvests silver and bronze medals in long jump at Tokyo Olympics



HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 2 (ACN) Juan Miguel Echevarría and Maikel Massó, both 22, won silver and bronze medals today in the long jump at the Tokyo Olympics, where they dominated the competition till the last jump.

A native of Camagüey, Echevarría almost won the gold medal with a leap of 8.41 meters, but Greece's Miltiadis Tentoglou equaled that mark in the last jump of the competition.

Tentoglou was the champion because his second-best jump (8.15) was better than Echevarría's (8.09), who only jumped three times and could not respond to the Greek's comeback due to an injury.

Santiago's Massó, who in his first attempt reached 8.21 meters and then got injured, led the race until Echevarría took the lead.

Echevarría, indoor world champion in Birmingham 2018 and world outdoor bronze medalist in Doha 2019, had led the qualifier, with 8.50 meters.

Thus, Cuba accumulates two silver medals and two bronze medals in these XXXII Modern Olympic Games, where the Cuban delegation arrived with 69 competitors, in an appointment of 11,352 representatives from 206 countries, from July 23 to August 8.

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