'Extraordinary scenes': Tragic finals drama creates unreal Olympics history

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Juan Miguel Echevarria (pictured left) on the floor devastated and (pictured right) gold medalist Miltiadis Tentoglou consoling Echevarria at the Olympics.
Juan Miguel Echevarria (pictured left) was left shattered after pulling up injured in his gold medal attempt in the final of the men's long jump at the Olympics. (Getty Images)

The men's long jump at the Tokyo Olympics ended in utterly extraordinary circumstances after a count-back decided the gold medal winner when contender Juan Miguel Echevarria pulled up injured.

Greece's Miltiadis Tentoglou won the men's long jump gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday after a dramatic final few moments, but Echevarria pulled up injured on his gold medal attempt.

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Echevarria took the lead with a 8.41m leap on his third attempt, but appeared injured after the jump.

But, in the final round, Tentoglou matched that distance. 

Echevarria lined up to take his final jump, but pulled up injured and collapsed at the board.

The Greek took the gold medal on count-back with his next-best effort of 8.15m ahead of the Cuban's 8.09.

Compatriot Maykel Masso set the pace early in the contest with a first jump of 8.21m which proved enough for the bronze medal.

Olympics stunned after long jump drama

Fans were left stunned at the drama with Greek star Tentoglou winning the first-ever gold medal jump on a count-back.

Tentoglou was seen consoling Echevarria after the extraordinarily tight final.

The gold medal winner was thrilled to become the first man ever to win long jump gold for his country.

"What an incredible competition. What an incredible jump, the last jump," the Greek said after winning his country's first ever long jump gold.

"I wasn't able to get it right at the start. But in the end I managed to pull something out to get the medal. I always have something left, something in reserve."

Thirty years ago the greatest-ever long jump competition took place at the Tokyo National Stadium, the same site on which the Olympic Stadium now stands, when Mike Powell set the still-standing world record of 8.95m after an epic world championship duel with American Carl Lewis.

with Reuters

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