Bob Beamon's World Record Long Jump

Bob Beamon breaks the world record in the long jump by nearly two feet during the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

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+34 1. monino commented 9 years ago

Now look at what is 29 ft. on the floor, you won't believe it.
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+13 2. Premtm commented 9 years ago

After watching this video I went out and stood in my garden which is 30 feet wide and I did realize how much is that distance....kudos to this guy who achieved the impossible feat and created a world record..... :)
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+8 3. ZaMpTi commented 9 years ago

I believe I can fly
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+2 4. loadrunner commented 9 years ago

Try to jump 5 times your body length. to break the record
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+7 5. dariodexter commented 9 years ago

30 August 1991 - Mike Powell (8.95m). It took them quite a long time xD
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0 6. Denaro commented 9 years ago

It doesn't seem such a huge distance when you watch it in real speed, but in slow mo, and hearing that distance, god damn - what an accomplishment. I loved seeing the reaction after he realised what he'd done
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-1 7. Neutral commented 9 years ago

No gimmick really......Black can jump :D
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0 8. Threeme2189 commented 9 years ago

Does anyone know where clip this is taken from?
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+4 9. Johnnosk commented 9 years ago

From the Wikipedia article on the Mexico city Olympics

The high elevation of Mexico City, at 2,240 m (7,350 ft) above sea level, influenced many of the events, particularly in track and field. No Summer Olympic Games before or since have been held at high elevation. Although a performance reducer for endurance athletes, the thin air contributed to many record-setting jumps, leaps, vaults, and throws, as well as all of the men's track events of 400 meters and less. As a reminder of this fact, one of the promotional articles of these Olympics was a small metallic box labeled "Aire de México" (Air of Mexico), that was "Especial para batir records" (Special for breaking records).

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Still a phenomenal leap though 8-)
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+1 10. skeletron commented 9 years ago

brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "young grasshoppa"