Javier Sotomayor (by Sami Zhioua)
|I added this page about Javier Sotomayor on my web site because he is one of my favorite athletes (if it is not the best). This is partly because personally I practiced High jump for 4 years when I was teenager. But most importantly because he is the absolute king of high jump. Comparing to the other jumpers, his technique is a "piece of art" (oeuvre d'art) and according to several experts that analyzed it closely it is almost impossible to reproduce and even dangerous ..|
The greatest high jumper in the history was born on October 13th, 1967, in the town of
Records and Championships
His first absolute world record (2.43 m) was established in
Notice: 2.45m is 2cm higher than the man senior volley-ball net and 1cm higher than the football goal height!
At the time of jumping the pressure on his left ankle is equivalent to 500 Kg!
|He won the gold medal in
He was World champion in
In 1999, he was suspended for two years due to a supposed cocaine consumption detected in an antidoping analysis during the Pan-american Games Winnipeg 1999. The international federation exceptionally reduced his suspension from two years to one and Sotomayor was able to compete in the 2000 Olympics in
Cuban leader Fidel Castro
personally defended Sotomayor as a hero of
| During his career, Javier Sotomayor succeeded:
192 jumps over 2.30 m
80 jumps over 2.35 m
21 jumps over 2,40 m! (Notice: no one jumped over 2.40m since 2000).
'Asked about beating his 2.45m world record he said 'Some day they will. It's a law of life. But there is nobody threatening the record at the moment,'
'What I miss most is competing, and even more when I see today's marks,' he said.
But Sotomayor's record is never far away from him. The number plate of his Mercedes C-180, a prize for his gold medal at the 1993 world championships in
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