Bob Beamon turns 66 today. The name Bob Beamon brings to mind one thing. 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Bob Beamon’s long jump. He didn’t break the record he smashed it. He jumped 29 feet and 2 1/2 inches. He broke the record by nearly 2 feet. His record would stand for 22 years. When he realized what he had done, he fell to his knees, his body unable to support itself. He put his hands over his face. His competitors had to help him to his feet. The defending Olympic champion in the event Lynn Davies told him “You have destroyed this event” Mike Powell would break the record in 1991. Beamon’s jump is still the Olympic Record. Sports Illustrated named Bob Beamon’s jump as one of the 5ive greatest sports moments of the 20th century. Enough said. The Leap of the Century.
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