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Celebrating the greatest leaps of all time

Originally Published: February 28, 2012
By Doug Williams | Special to Page 2

As Bob Beamon stood at the top of the runway, his eyes fixed on his takeoff point and the long jump pit ahead, he had no idea he was about to make history.

But in a feat that covered just six seconds, from his first step to his perfect landing, Beamon launched himself 29 feet, 2 inches to shatter the world record by nearly two feet at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

It was perhaps the most stunning performance in the annals of track and field and ranked as one ...

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