Bob Beamon #254... : News Photo
Bob Beamon #254... : News Photo

Bob Beamon #254...

18 Oct 1968: Bob Beamon #254 of the USA breaking the Long Jump World Record during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico. Beamon long jumped 8.9 m (29 ft 2 1/2 in), winning the gold medal and setting a new world record. It is the first jump over 28 ft. The most famous long jump ever achieved: Bob Beamon of the United States takes off for a place in sporting history as he leaps 8.90 metres at the Mexico City Games of 1968. While the middle distance runners from the low level countries floundered in the thin air of Mexico City, those in the explosive events reached new peaks, none higher than Beamon, who added 58 centimetres to the world record with a jump aided by a wind of 2 metres per second the very limit of wind assistance. In Imperial measure terms it looked even more impressive since he missed out 28 feet, taking the record to 29 ft 2 ins. Yet Beamon never again managed a jump of 27 feet. It was twelve years before anyone else reached 28 feet (8.53 metres) and the record stood until 1991 when Mike Powell of the US leapt 8.95 metres in Tokyo to win the world title. His jump was at sea level and wind assistance of 0.3mps. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy /Allsport


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Credit:Tony Duffy / Staff
Editorial #:72318585
Collection:Getty Images Sport
Date created:October 18, 1968
License type:Rights-managed
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Source:Getty Images North America
Object name:0501001P 1968 OLYMPIC
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