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Ralph Boston

Full name: Ralph Harold Boston
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1.5 (187 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: May 9, 1939 in Laurel, Mississippi, United States
Affiliations: Southern California Striders, Anaheim (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Until a few weeks before the 1960 Olympics, Ralph Boston seemed no more than an average long jumper. But in August he beat Jesse Owens' 25-year-old world record with a mark of 26-11¼ (8.21) and went on to take the gold medal. In 1961 he twice improved the record, becoming the first man to jump 27 feet (8.23), but then lost the record to Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of the Soviet Union in 1962. Boston equalled that mark in August 1964, broke it the following month, and in May 1965, set his last world record with 27-5 (8.35). Boston won the AAU outdoor long jump for six successive seasons (1961-1966), the AAU indoor in 1961, and the Pan American Games in 1963 and 1967. Competing for Tennessee State, he won the NCAA outdoor title in 1960. Boston was also a gifted performer in other events. In 1961 he was undefeated in the high hurdles and won the AAU indoor in 1965. He placed fourth in the 1963 Pan American Games high jump, and in that year headed the U.S. lists in the triple jump. Ralph Boston retired after the 1968 Olympics. He was later an administrator at the University of Tennessee.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.6 (1964); 220y – 22.0 (1964); 120yH – 13.7 (1961); HJ – 6-8½ (2.04) (1962); PV – 13-8 (4.16) (1960); LJ – 27-5 (8.35) (1965); TJ – 52-1½ (15.89) (1964); JT – 169-0 (51.51) (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 8.12
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 7.82
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 foul 7.82
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 OR 8.12 8.12
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 7.80 8.12
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 1 foul 8.12
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 7.96
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 6 QU 7.60
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 7.60
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 7.60
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 7.60
1960 Summer 21 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 2 8.03
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 7.76
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 7.85 7.85
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 1 7.62 7.85
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 1 7.88 7.88
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 3 foul 7.88
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 8.03
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 8.03
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 1 8.03
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 1 pass 8.03
1964 Summer 25 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 3 8.16
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 8.16
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 8.05 8.16
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 3 7.91 8.16
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 foul 8.16
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 3 foul 8.16
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 7.97
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 8.27
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 OR 8.27
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 OR 8.27
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 8.27
1968 Summer 29 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
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