In every competition he has played in Spain, Jordan Díaz has improved the Spanish triple jump record by a quarter or more. Once in winter (17.27 m on the indoor track, in February in Salamanca), so far three times this summer, only in June: 17.30 m in Andújar, on June 4th; 17.76 m in La Nucía on June 12 and the same Sunday, June 26, 17.87 m in Nerja, where the athlete, born in Havana on February 23, 2001, was crowned Spanish champion with an even higher score. even closer to 18 m than only six athletes in history have passed; 17.93 m, that’s not worth a record, because the wind exceeded the limit of 2 m/s at 2.5 meters per second. The 17.87 m, the first jump in a series of five exceptional (17.87 m, 17.93 m, 17.80 m, 17.66 m and 17.55 m), is also the best world record of the year, the 13th in the historical table, led by the 18.29m of the Brit Jonathan Edwards, world record since 1995.
Seeing him jump, seeing his regularity over distances that are a lifetime achievement for most triple jumpers, the specialists remain speechless, speechless. “The boy who jumps over the moon,” says Ramón Cid, the Spanish triple record holder and today coach of two-time triple European Junior Champion María Vicente, and breathes the unique culture of triples. “Live in a different gravity.” Cid points out that if he’s jumping poorly, leaving one foot on one jump and not taking a board on another, staying at 17.55m, it’s impossible to know his limits. “The 18 meters are already there, and there will be 19 more,” almost exaggerates Cid, who enjoyed it from the front row of the stands at Nerja Stadium. “It’s amazing, it’s huge, it’s a scandal, but you have to let him enjoy himself, he’ll reach his goal without us reminding him that the record is there, that the 18 meters are there, that… ” And his speed stands out, about 10.40 meters per second when he reaches the table, his technique, his strength … and his mental freshness. And he is not the only one who counts him among the young megastars who have revolutionized athletics in recent years, the unbeatable Mondo Duplantis, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Karsten Warholm, Yulimar Rojas or Sydney McLaughlin, the American who set her own world record over 400 m on Saturday set up hurdles (51.41 s) …
Iván Pedroso, the coach of the jumpers in Guadalajara, analyzed his jumps last week and concluded that Díaz did not jump more because he had problems with the fall, with the landing, that the line of a foot could be crossed on landing 18 meters, but that the other was left behind, or part of the body…
Although Jordan Díaz, who has lived in Guadalajara since last summer, has been Spanish since February, his international past with Cuba before the age of 21 will prevent him from being selected by the Spanish team until perhaps the Paris 2024 games, both this summer neither at the World Championships in Eugene in July nor at the European Championships in Munich in August.
The other major final of the championships was the 1,500m with the victory of the athlete Mario García Romo from Villar de Gallimazo from Salamanca together with Peñaranda de Bracamonte on the last straight. García Romo, who grew up as an athlete at the University of Mississippi in the United States, beat big favorite, Mohamed Katir, winner of the day before the 5,000m, Ignacio Fontes and Adel Mechaal. His record of 3:35.52 minutes is the minimum for the Europeans in Munich. García Romo is a NCAA indoor track champion and outdoor runner-up. After the European Championships, he returns to Oxford, his university campus, to become a professional track and field athlete.