Cuban world-record holder Sotomayor makes headlines in Spain

Madrid - Cuban record-holder Javier Sotomayor on Tuesday made headlines in Spain and his 2.43-meter world record was revived afresh at the Madrid Sports Museum.

Headlines in local newspapers such as Marca and Mundo Deportivo, and La Resistencia TV program praised the Cuban Olympic champion who got his best results in Spain.

Sotomayor is visiting Spain to attend various activities and is showing his fans the vest and shorts he wore when he set his last and third world record at the Salamanca Stadium on July 27, 1993.

The Prince of Asturias Award helped recall Sotomayor's successes in athletics, and he confidently expressed that his record would be broken at some point, since 'nothing is for good and the only way to not break it is to remove the high jump discipline.'

Regarding high jump, the two-time outdoor world record-holder praised Qatari jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim, current world champion and the closest athlete to break his 2.43-meter record.

Sotomayor shared moments of friendship with Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona, who passed away in November 2020; and with Patrick Sjoberg, from Sweden, who was his major rival in the 1980s and 1990s competitions.

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