Living up admirably to his favourite’s role, Maykel D. Masso of Cuba won his second consecutive global title in the long jump, adding the world U20 crown to the U18 laurels he won last year in Cali.
Cuba has a rich tradition in horizontal jumps and Maykel Masso looks poised to become the latest long jump star from the island nation.
USA’s Candace Hill lived up to her star billing on the second day of the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 and the 16-year-old Georgia high school student flew to victory in the girls’ 100m in a championship best of 11.08 on Thursday night (16).
In eight previous editions of the IAAF World Youth Championships, there had never been an eight-metre jump but on Thursday night, it was done twice as Cuba’s Maykel Demetrio Masso and Australia’s Darcy Roper served up a competition to remember with Masso eventually emerging victorious with an 8.05m winning jump.
Starting serious sprinting only eight months ago, Jack Hale has shown all the signs of being a man in a hurry.
For all of Cuba’s rich tradition in the horizontal jumps, they have yet to win long jump gold at the IAAF World Youth Championships but in Maykel Demetrio Masso, they appear to have unearthed a talent who can change that statistic in Cali.