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Bob Beamon

Full name: Robert "Bob" Beamon
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: August 29, 1946 in Jamaica, New York, United States
Affiliations: Houston Striders, Houston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In winning the 1968 Olympic title, Bob Beamon achieved what is generally recognized as the outstanding single performance in track & field history. Showing perfect technique in ideal conditions, he not only became the first man to break the 28-foot barrier but also the 29-foot mark. More precisely, he cleared 29-2½ (8.90) and finished more than two feet ahead of his nearest rival. Prior to this amazing feat Beamon had set a national high school triple jump record in 1965 and in 1967 he won the AAU indoor long jump and silver in long jump at the Pan American Games. In 1968 he won both the AAU and NCAA indoor long jump and triple jump titles, and won the AAU outdoor long jump that year. Due to injury he never again approached his 1968 Olympic form and he turned professional in 1973. After first attending Adelphi, Beamon graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1970, where he also briefly played basketball. Beamon had little success as a professional trackster and spent most of his career in social work. His record was finally broken by Mike Powell at the 1991 World Championships.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.5 (1966); HJ – 6-5 (1.95) (1967); LJ – 29-2 ½ (8.90) (1968); TJ – 52-3½i (15.92) (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 1 WR 8.90
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round One 1 WR 8.90
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 8.04 8.90
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 pass 8.90
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 pass 8.90
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 pass 8.90
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP pass
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU 8.19
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 2 8.19
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One NP foul
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two NP foul NM
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 8.19
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