Menkov jumps 8.39m in Eugene, best in the World since 2013 - IAAF Diamond League
Russia’s Aleksandr Menkov took the plaudits at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night (31) when he won the Long Jump with the best mark in the world for almost two years with a leap of 8.39m at the fourth of this summer’s IAAF Diamond League meetings.
The 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships winner added eight centimetres to his personal best and took the lead in the Diamond race after two of seven meetings.
Menkov fouled his first two attempts before reaching 8.11m in the third round, although he was behind Brazil’s 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships Mauro Da Silva who had jumped 8.14m just before him.
Another foul followed in the fourth round before he produced his massive winning effort and he also go a red flag with his final attempt.
Slowly but surely, Menkov also is closing on Leonid Voloshin’s long-standing Russian record of 8.46m which celebrates its 25th anniversary in July, having been set in 1988.
It also restored some domestic bragging rights as Menkov has been for several years Russia’s top long jumper since breaking through with what was then a national junior record of 8.16m in 2009.