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Powell is Beamon with joy, sets long jump record

Updated: August 24, 2001, 10:11 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 30, 1991

Bob Beamon's extraordinary long jump at the 1968 Olympics was the longest-standing track and field record, but if anyone were to break it, the near-unanimous opinion was that it would be Carl Lewis who would accomplish it.

At the World Championships in Tokyo, Beamon's record of 29 feet, 2-1/2 inches is snapped. Lewis puts together the greatest series of jumps in history. Never having reached 29 feet before, he does it three times, including 29, 2-3/4 (wind-aided) ...

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