6/10/2018 10:50:41 PM

Qatar's Samba beats world champion Warholm to win 400m hurdles


Stockholm, Sweden: Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba continued his stunning form in the 400m hurdles with a run of 47.41s to beat world champion Karsten Warholm of Norway (47.81s) into second in the Diamond League here on Sunday.

Samba not only improved his personal best, but also set a new Asian record.

“I was looking for something special and I got it today," said Samba, 22, who has four Diamond League wins from four this year.

Meanwhile, Cuban teenage star Juan Miguel Echevarria won the long jump with a monstrous wind assisted 8.83m.

In front of a 15,000 crowd in the Olympic stadium, the world indoor champion produced his stunning leap on his sixth and final effort to come just 12-centimetres short of American Mike Powell's 8.95m world record.

Despite the excessive tail wind meaning the jump won't last in the record books, it brought gasps from the crowd and demonstrated the incredible potential of this 19-year-old, who is now reaching distances not seen in international long jump competitions for a decade.

World number one Luvo Manyonga of South Africa -- beaten by two centimetres in Birmingham in March for the indoor world title -- came a distant third with 8.25m.

American Jeff Henderson was second with 8.39m.

“Today I was aiming for 8.50m but I didn't think I was capable of jumping so far," said Echevarria, whose personal best nonetheless remains at 8.53m.

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