Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Lorraine Ugen were among the winners at the BAUHAUS-galan Diamond League meeting in Stockholm.
Echevarría’s leap was marginally wind-aided with a reading of +2.1m/sec but it still puts him sixth on the world all-time list of performances under any conditions and is the longest jump recorded since Iván Pedroso’s disallowed mark of 8.96m from 1995.
The 19-year-old world indoor champion – who has a PB of 8.53m from Rome – also recorded wind-legal jumps of 8.50m and 8.29m in Stockholm.
USA’s Olympic champion Jeff Henderson was second with 8.39m and South Africa’s world champion Luvo Manyonga third with 8.25m – his only valid jump in swirling windy conditions.
“Today, I wanted over 8.50m but I didn’t think I could jump so far!” said Echevarría. “I want to jump at this level for a long time but it’s early season so I will just take it all step by step. I’m not even thinking about nine metres – I will have to keep working very hard in order to jump that, it is a huge barrier.
“The pressure on me was good today and it was good competing against the top guys. Next, I will jump in London and Zurich.”
In the women’s competition, Ugen jumped a season’s best of 6.85m twice for her first Diamond League win, the British indoor record-holder claiming victory on countback ahead of Germany’s Malaika Mihambo.
Canada’s Commonwealth champion Christabel Nettey was third with 6.83m and Serbia’s world indoor champion Ivana Spanovic fourth with 6.81m.
“I came out trying to win and I knew I could get the big jumps in but because I was injured during the indoor season, I’ve been struggling to find my rhythm until today, luckily,” said Ugen.
“It was a great competition and it was nice to be competitive amongst some good girls. I’ve been injury-free for a while so I’m feeling better on the runway. Next, I’ll compete in Madrid and then the British Championships.
“I always want a medal in a championships so I hope to get a medal in Berlin (at the European Championships), but this year is all about having fun and enjoying competing.”
Over on the track, Dina Asher-Smith was one hundredth of a second off the British 100m record she set in Oslo, clocking 10.93 (-0.1) to this time claim victory ahead of Oslo winner Murielle Ahouré who ran 11.03.
Asher-Smith is the only British female athlete to have legally gone sub-11 seconds for the event and now has three times inside 11 seconds to her name. Her 10.92 in Oslo had been run with a +1.6m/sec wind.
“I am really happy that I was able to reproduce that time (from Oslo) because I am an excitable person so when I do something good I normally take a little bit of time to come down,” she said. “The big thing for me was controlling my excitement and not getting psychologically drained between races. So I am really happy that I was able to do that.
“Now I can go and recover and head home for the trials.”