Javier Sotomayor

po_Sotomayor-JavierJavier Sotomayor Sanabria (born October 13, 1967) is a Cuban former track and field athlete, who specialized in the high jump and is the current world record holder.

The 1992 Olympic champion, he was the dominant high jumper of the 1990s; his personal best of 8 ft 14 in makes him the only person ever to have cleared eight feet.

He was a two-time gold medalist at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics and also won two silver medals at the competition. At the IAAF World Indoor Championships he won four gold medals between 1989 an 1999. In addition, he won three straight titles at the Pan American Games from 1987 to 1995. He is regarded as the best high jumper of all time. Cuban boycotts of the Olympics in 1984 and 1988 and an injury in 1996 cost him chances at additional Olympic medals, but he returned to win the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Sotomayor retired in 2001.