This Day in American History — Oct. 18

Bob Beamon at the '68 Olympics

Bob Beamon at the '68 Olympics

On October 18, 1968, American long jumper Bob Beamon set the world record when he jumped 29′ 2.5″ (8.90m) at the Olympics in Mexico City.  Beamon’s record would survive until 1991, when Mike Powell broke it, but Beamon’s accomplishment was one of the athletic highlights of a Games best remembered by the Black Power protests of John Carlos and Tommie Smith.

Here’s a cool video of Beamon’s jump, along with commentary by Beamon and teammate Ralph Boston.

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One Response to This Day in American History — Oct. 18

  1. mqkp says:

    This was an amazing record – stood for years. Everyone thought Carl Lewis would challenge or break it. Was a real surprise when Powell broke it.

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