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Mike Powell

Full name: Michael Anthony "Mike" Powell
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: November 10, 1963 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Foot Locker Athletic Club, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Mike Powell was a long jumper who competed at three Olympic Games (1988-96), winning silver medals in 1988 and 1992 behind [Carl Lewis], but he is best known for winning the greatest long jump competition in the history of the sport, when he defeated Lewis at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.

At that meet Powell jumped 8.95 metres (29-4½) to finally break the vaunted world record set by [Bob Beamon] at the 1968 Olympics. In that competition, Lewis led through the first four rounds, and bettered Beamon’s mark in round four with 8.91 metres, although it was wind-aided. Powell responded with his world record leap in round five. Lewis came back with 8.87 in round five and 8.84 in the final round, but it was not enough and Powell had the gold medal and the world record. He won another gold at the 1993 World Championships and a silver at the 1995 Worlds.

Powell attended UC Irvine and later UCLA, although he did not reach his peak until after college. He was a six-time US Champion in the long jump, winning in 1990 and 1992-96. He was ranked in the world top 10 eleven times between 1985-96, ranking #1 in 1990-91 and 1993-94. In 1992, at a meet in Sestriere, Italy, Powell jumped 8.99 metres (29-5¾), and although wind-aided, it remains (through 2016) the longest jump ever recorded.

For his 1991 world record he was named the Sullivan Award Winner in the US and was named BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. He later became a coach, teaching at the Academy of Speed in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Personal Best: LJ – 8.95 (1991).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 2 Silver
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics Men's Long Jump United States USA 5

Men's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 2 8.49
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 8.23
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 3 8.11 8.23
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 8.49 8.49
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 2 foul 8.49
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 2 pass 8.49
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1 QU 8.34w
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1 8.34w
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round One 2 7.83
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 3 foul 7.83
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 8.34w
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round 2 8.64
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round One 2 7.95
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 2 8.22 8.22
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 2 8.33 8.33
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 3 foul 8.33
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 2 8.53 8.53
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 8.64
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4 QU 8.14
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 8.14
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 8.14
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 8.14
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round 5 8.17
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round One 5 7.89
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 2 8.17 8.17
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 4 7.99 8.17
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 4 foul 8.17
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 4 foul 8.17
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP foul
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4 QU 8.20
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1 8.20
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round One 1 8.20
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 1 pass 8.20
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
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