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SOTOMAYOR Javier Carlos (1967) Cuba / Track and field
Although he was world record holder for the high jump in 1988 Javier Sotomayor was unable to attend the games in Seoul that year due Cuba's boycott of the games because of political opposition between the two Koreas.So the first time he competed in the games was four years later in Barcelona, where he made it his business to rise to the highest step of the podium.One year later he confirmed his talent, this time by winning his first world championship title.Since this time, he has been the world record holder for the high jump with a jump of 2,45 m.Despite completely botching things in Atlanta, the Cuban stayed at the top level until 1999, when he tested positive for cocaine during the pan-American games, although he claimed to have ingested a product containing algae. He was suspended for two years. However, just before the games in Sydney, the international athletics federation lifted the ban, enabling him to take part, a decision that was widely contested. Justice was done when he was beaten to the gold medal by the Russian Kliulin.
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