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A Beamon 29 shatters world long jump record

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:32 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 18, 1968

Bob Beamon takes a leap for the ages in Mexico City. He doesn't merely break the world record for the long jump, he shatters it. Not only does he become the first 29-foot jumper in history, he becomes the first to pass 28 feet. In an event where records are snapped by inches, Beamon breaks one by almost two feet.

The slender 6-foot-3 Beamon speeds 19 strides down the runway and ascends to a height of six feet. He passes 27 feet, 28 feet and, incredibly, ...

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