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Bo Roberson

Full name: Irvin "Bo" Roberson
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: July 23, 1935 in Blakely, Georgia, United States
Died: April 15, 2001 in Pasadena, California, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

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Biography

In 1958, Cornell's "Bo" Roberson was ranked only 25th in the world as a long jumper with a mark of 24-10½ (7.58) when competing for the Cornell/Penn team against Oxford/Cambridge. Roberson showed dramatic improvement in 1959 when he won the Pan American Games with a wind-aided 26-2 (7.97) and had a legitimate mark of 26-0 (7.92). In 1960 he qualified for the Olympic team by pushing the defending champion, Greg Bell, back into fourth place, and at the Rome Games he came within one centimeter of matching Ralph Boston's winning jump. Had Roberson jumped one centimeter further, he would have won the Olympic title by virtue of having a superior second longest jump. In 1961, Roberson signed a pro football contract with the San Diego Chargers. He played defensive back in the AFL for six years, first with the Chargers, then four years with the Oakland Raiders, and finished up with a few games with the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. He later became a track coach at Cal/Irvine.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.5 (1961); 220y – 21.4 (1961); LJ – 26-7¼ (8.11) (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 2 8.11
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP foul
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 1 OR 8.03 8.03
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 7.88 8.03
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 2 7.75 8.03
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 2 7.62 8.03
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 8.11
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 7.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 2 7.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round One 1 7.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round Two 1 pass 7.81
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C Round Three NP pass