1989 — Cuba’s Javier Sotomayor becomes the first person to high jump 8 feet, breaking his world record at the Caribbean Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He surpasses his mark of 7-11½.
Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor, 33, and his son Xavier, 4, at their home in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Aug. 4,2004, speaks to a reporter about the Cuban delegation's possibilities for the next Olympics games. Sotomayor set the world high jump record of 2.45 meters in 1993. (AP photo/Jose Goitia)