Powell is Beamon with joy, sets long jump record
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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