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Category: Medal Winners, Olympic Athletes, Track & Field

Highlights: In one of the greatest moments in U.S. Olympics history, Bob Beamon set a long jump world record in route to winning a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Games.

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Bob Beamon is an Olympic gold medalist who set the long jump world record with a distance of 8.9 meters at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City. He held his record for almost 23 years until Mike Powell beat it in 1991. The jump is the second longest in history and remains an Olympic record. Sports Illustrated ranked the jump as one of the five greatest moments in sports of the 20th century. Beamon is a member of both the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Beamon was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York and went to school at Jamaica High School. He set a national high school record in the triple jump in 1965 and won the AAU long jump title and a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in 1967. Beamon attended college at North Carolina A&T before transferring to the University of Texas – El Paso on a scholarship for track and field. He completed his degree in sociology and graduated from Adelphi University in 1972.

In the years since his record-setting performance, Beamon has worked to better the lives of young people. He helped organize (along with Arnold Schwarzenegger) the South Florida Inner-City Games for at-risk youth. He was also the chairman of the Bob Beamon United Way Golf Classic, has served on the board of the Jessie Owens Foundation and as an ambassador for Special Olympics.

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