The athlete of Cuban origin and Spanish nationalized Jordan Díaz achieved this Saturday at the meeting in Jaén a mark of 17.30 meters in triple jump, a record in Spain, the second best world record of the year and the best in Europe. And he did it twice. After doing 17.07 in the first attempt, in the second and third he reached 17.30. In February he set the record, in Salamanca on the indoor track, at 17.27. This season, he is second only to him in ranking Cuban Andy Díaz, with his 17.64.
Díaz (Havana, 21 years old), who at the age of 16 already jumped 17 meters, left in July 2021 the Cuban team that was preparing the Tokyo Games in Europe and stayed to live in Guadalajara, where he received Spanish nationality. “The sports system is very complicated there [en Cuba]. They almost force value athletes to stampede. I saw that my results were worthless. There is a time when the athlete needs a stimulus, which was something that a person like me, with the level that I have, did not receive. And I felt down. I made the decision [de quedarse en España] and I knew it was the best. And when my parents gave me their blessing, they told me: ‘you have to go, you have to go if you want to be great,’ she recounted in an interview in EL PAÍS published this Saturday.
And in Guadalajara his coach is Iván Pedroso. “He is a super athlete and a super person. It was my plan that I already had drawn up, to come and train with him. We have a super team. I thank Iván for having welcomed me here as his athlete”, pointed out Díaz, who confesses that his training routine has totally changed. “Here the least I do is jumps. In Cuba, force is always used. Here I do more running, which is the deficit I had. What is treating me are the deficits I had in Cuba. There he did not run as such. My speed has been improving, my running technique, so that the jump goes well, ”said the athlete who took another step in his career this Saturday.