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Long Jump record is very interesting:

Men's Long Jump. World Record Progression

DISTANCE ATHLETE COUNTRY DATE VENUE
8.95m. Mike Powell (USA) 30 Aug 91 Tokyo

8.90m. Bob Beamon (USA) 18 Oct 68 Mexico City
8.35m. Igor Ter-Ovanesjan (URS) 19 Oct 67 Mexico City
8.35m. Ralph Boston (USA) 29 May 65 Modesto
8.34m. Ralph Boston (USA) 12 Sep 64 Los Angeles
8.31m. Ralph Boston (USA) 15 Aug 64 Kingston
8.31m. Igor Ter-Ovanesjan (URS) 10 Jun 62 Yerevan
8.28m. Ralph Boston (USA) 16 Jul 61 Moscow
8.24m. Ralph Boston (USA) 27 May 61 Modesto
8.21m. Ralph Boston (USA) 12 Aug 60 Walnut

8.13m. Jesse Owens (USA) 25 May 35 Ann Arbor

http://www.sporting-heroes.net/athletics-heroes/stats_athletics/worldrecords/lgjmp_m.htm

Jesse Ownes 1935 record (26' 8") stood 25 years, then the record progressed by a few centimeters per year (with Ralph Boston being the first jumper past 27' and recordholder at 27' 4 3/4"), until Bob Beamon's 1968 record (29' 2 1/2") stood for almost 23 years, to be eclipsed by 5 cm by Mike Powell, in a record (29' 4") that has stood for almost 13 years.

http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html

28' is still an incredibly good long jump, with 2004 Olympic winner jumping - 8.59 meters - 28' 2" and second being 8.47m. (27' 9 1/2") and third being 8.32m. (27' 3 1/2").

Can you imagine many track races where the 1964 world record time would beat the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist?

Regards, JAFO


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