Panama's Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda is right among the favorites to win the men's long jump final today after leaping 8.57m to win the world champion in Osaka last year and his 8.73m leap in Hengelo, Netherlands, on May 24.
This latest jump was a big improvement on his 2005 world championship performance, when he finished fifth. In the Athens Games he failed to progress beyond the heats.
A niggling knee injury relegated him to also-ran status at the Berlin Golden League meeting, where he jumped just 7.92m.
The 25-year-old hopes that performance will not haunt his Olympic campaign.
(China Daily 08/18/2008 page21)