Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece, competing in the men’s long jump, won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. The long jumper from the Greek Olympic Team stunned Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria during the final, held in the Olympic stadium of Japan’s capital.
Tentoglou wasn’t at his best in the first rounds and even missed a few attempts, but it was on round six where he made the 8.41-meter jump, enough to take down the Cuban star to second place.
The Greek athlete and Echevarria were toe to toe with both having 8.41 meters (27.59 feet) as their best effort. Tentoglou was ranked 1st and took gold on account of his second best jump of 8.15 meters, which eclipsed Echevarria’s 8.09 meters.
Maykel Masso, who sustained an injury in the first rounds, picked up bronze with 8.21 meters in his second attempt.
“What an incredible competition. What an incredible jump, the last jump,” Tentoglou stated after the final. “In the end I managed to pull something out to get the medal.”
Miltiadis Tentoglou had earlier won another gold at the 2018 European Championships while he holds a personal best of 8.60 meters (28.21 feet) in men’s long jump.