Bob Beamon


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Beamon, (Robert) Bob

(1946–  ) track and field athlete; born in New York City. In the 1968 Olympics at Mexico City, he set a world long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in./8.90m) that exceeded the previous record by nearly 22 in./0.55m. The mark lasted 23 years, longer than any track and field record in history.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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ON THIS DAY 1991: Bob Beamon's 23-year-old world long jump record was broken at World Championships in Tokyo by Mike Powell (8.95m).
The new PM has taken the field with a leap that even Bob Beamon would envy.
Dubai: Bob Beamon, the man who held the men's long jump world record for 23 years, and American singer and song writer Nicole Scherzinger will be among the seven stars added to the growing roster of sports stars and celebrities who will be heading for the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.
Pride of place in the athletics arena in Mexico City, in October, went to American long jumper Bob Beamon, captured here by the camera in mid-air, above, during that fantastic opening long jump leap of 29ft, 21/2 in, which took him about two feet farther than any man had jumped before.
Bob Beamon's long-jump at the Olympic Games in Mexico City has gone down as one of the greatest sporting feats in history.
1968: American Bob Beamon set a new world long jump record of 8.90 metres.
The most impressive may be American Bob Beamon's 8.9-meter long jump - still an Olympic record.
To achieve 50-plus turnovers in all competitions in a single season, with a month left, is akin to Bob Beamon almost jumping beyond the sandpit at the Mexico Olympics in 1968.
Mike Powell, who broke one of the most memorable records of all time (Bob Beamon's long jump of 8.90m which had stood for 23 years), stands to lose his distance of 8.95m,which has remained since 1991.
BOB BEAMON United States, athletics Long jumper Beamon achieved what remains among the greatest Olympic perormances, leaping an astonishing 29ft, 21/2in at Mexico City in 1968 to win gold.
That is the beauty of Olympic sports, in which Romania's Nadia Comaneci (first perfect score in gym astics' all-around, Montreal, 1976), Michael Phelps (record 22 swim medals) and Bob Beamon (off-the-charts long jump, Mexico, 1968) all have this in common: When the moment called for action - not words, Twitter feeds or marketing spins - such athletes excelled to the highest levels of achievement.
redemption but the has to And Bob Beamon's seemingly forever unbeatable leap in the long jump at the same 1968 Olympic Games.