World indoor long jump champion Juan Miguel Echevarria will be among the key headliners at the Indoor Meeting Karslruhe, the opening competition of the six-meeting IAAF World Indoor Tour, on 2 February.
One year ago, the young Cuban kicked off what turned out to be a sensational 2018 season with a victory in Karlsruhe, just four weeks before his upset triumph at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018. He later went on to produce a stellar outdoor campaign, capped by an 8.68m personal best and a barely wind-aided 8.83m leap at the IAAF Diamond League stop in Stockholm, the longest jump in the world in 20 years.
With his appearance at the Birmingham leg of the World Indoor Tour previously confirmed, Echevarria will be a strong favourite for the Tour title in the long jump.
Echevarria, now 20, will take on Germans Fabian Heinle, who leapt to silver at the European Championships last August, and Karslruhe's hometown hero Julian Howard, a four-time national champion in the event, who is looking to move on from a disappointing outing at last summer's European Championships.
Other athletes already announced for the meeting, which has already sold out, include Olympic pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece, high jumpers Mateusz Przybylko of Germany and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi, and European 3000m steeplechase champion Gesa Felicitas Krause.