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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's Long Jump

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 7.65 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 17, 1968  
Date Finished: October 18, 1968  
(Competitors: 35; Countries: 22; Finalists: 17)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
After an unbeaten season Beamon was expected to triumph over the big three – Boston, Ter-Ovanesyan and Davies. Boston led the qualifying round with an Olympic record 8.27, making all four contenders 27-feet jumpers in 1968. The effects of altitude were such that jumps of 8.50+ were expected compared with the existing world record of 8.35.Ter- Ovanesyan had produced a hairline foul of 8.60+ in the USSR Championships. Attention focused on the fourth jumper in the final – Beamon. He sped down the runway and seemed to spring to an extraordinary height. He eventually came down – past the electrical measuring devices, and a steel tape had to be used. Eventually the measurement came through – 8.90. Beamon was in a state of paralysed hysteria at the unbelievable announcement. A record which had risen 55cm from 7.80 to 8.35 in 40 years, had increased again by the same margin in three years. For sheer shock effect it exceeded even the amazing 200m by Michael Johnson in 1996 in Atlanta. The other jumpers were staggered. “We can’t go on after that. We’d look silly, ” said Davies. They had to go on, and Boston reached 8.16 in round 1, to be overtaken by Beer’s lifetime best of 8.19 in round 2. Thereafter, the rain made the run-up slippery and conditions became more difficult. Like Hopkins in 1964 Charles Mays had three fouls – one of them around 8.60. Boston had a foul of over 8.45, Ter-Ovanesyan could not get his steps right, and Davies was mistakenly not given three more jumps after being level with Stalmach after three rounds. When offered the jumps at the end of the competition, he refused, too deflated by the most astounding performance in athletics history.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Going into 1968 the big three were Ralph Boston, 1960 gold medalist; Lynn Davies, 1964 gold medalist and 1966 European and Commonwealth champion; and Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, bronze medalist in 1960-64 and, with Boston, the current world record holder. But during the 1968 season a new talent had arisen, Bob Beamon, who was undefeated in pre-Olympic competition. The thin air of Ciudad de México was expected to produce big jumps, and it did, but nobody was prepared for what was to come. In the qualifying Boston set an Olympic record with 8.27 (27-1¾). The fourth jumper in the final was Beamon, and he had no marks to aim at as the first three jumpers had fouled. Beamon tore down the runway, hit the takeoff board perfectly, and took off, reaching a huge height. He came down hard and bounded out of the pit. Watching, Boston commented to Davis, “That’s over 28 feet,” but Davies felt that was not possible. Boston was actually conservative. The jump was over 29 feet – 29-2½ or 8.90, to be exact. The world record, held by Boston and Ter-O was 8.35, or 27-4¾. Thus Beamon had surpassed it by almost two feet. It was the largest single improvement in a track & field world record ever, and stunning athletic feats since that date are often labeled “Beamonesque.” The mark was so spectacular that a book was written about this single athletic moment, called The Perfect Jump, written by Dick Schapp in collaboration with Beamon.
The competition was over. Davies told Boston, “We can’t go on. We’d look silly.” Ter-Ovanesyan commented to Davies, “Compared to this jump, we are children.” After the jump, Beamon was not really sure what he had accomplished, not understanding the metric measurement. But when he was told it was 29-2½, he collapsed to his knees and became dizzy, having to be helped up by Boston and teammates Charlie Mays.
Eventually the long jump went on. Boston completed his medal set by winning a bronze. The great trivia question is the identity of the silver medalist – Klaus Beer of East Germany. Beamon took one more jump, 8.04 (26-4½), then passed his final four rounds, as they were not necessary. Lynn Davies tied for eighth after three jumps, and was mistakenly not advanced to the final three rounds of jumps. When officials realized what had happened, they offered him three more jumps. He refused, shattered by what he had seen. There have been naysayers since. The wind reading was 2.0 metres per second, the exact limit of legal, and some observers think the jump may have been wind-aided, but no protests to its legality as a record were ever made. The mark stood up for 23 years, finally bettered in 1991 by Mike Powell, who jumped 8.95 (29-4½) to win the 1991 World Championships. In 2008, it is still the second longest legal jump ever, and still the Olympic record, probably for the foreseeable future as well. Beamon never jumped anywhere near as well again. He never had to.
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Ralph Boston (USA)
 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (URS)
8.35 m Modesto, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
29 May 1965
19 October 1967
Olympic record  Ralph Boston (USA) 8.12 m Rome, Italy 2 September 1960
 
        Results          
   
Long Jump Men     Final 18 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.90     Bob Beamon United States USA 22    
2 8.19     Klaus Beer East Germany GDR 25    
3 8.16     Ralph Boston United States USA 29    
4 8.12     Igor Ter-Ovanesyan Soviet Union URS 30    
5 8.09     Tõnu Lepik Soviet Union URS 22    
6 8.02     Allen Crawley Australia AUS 27    
7 7.97     Jack Pani France FRA 22    
8 7.94     Andrzej Stalmach Poland POL 26    
9 7.94     Lynn Davies Great Britain GBR 26    
10 7.93w     Hiroomi Yamada Japan JPN 26    
11 7.90     Leonid Barkovskiy Soviet Union URS 27    
12 7.89     Reinhold Boschert West Germany FRG 21    
13 7.71     Mike Ahey Ghana GHA 28    
14 7.66     Lars-Olof Höök Sweden SWE 23    
15 7.51     Victor Brooks Jamaica JAM 27    
16 7.44     Gérard Ugolini France FRA 19    
AC NM     Charles Mays United States USA 27    
Long Jump Men     Qualifying Round Group A 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 8.27     Ralph Boston United States USA 29 OR  
2 8.19     Bob Beamon United States USA 22    
3T 7.91     Jack Pani France FRA 22    
3T 7.91     Tõnu Lepik Soviet Union URS 22    
5 7.77w     Mike Ahey Ghana GHA 28    
6 7.72     Victor Brooks Jamaica JAM 27    
7 7.70     Andrzej Stalmach Poland POL 26    
8 7.70     Leonid Barkovskiy Soviet Union URS 27    
9 7.67     Hiroomi Yamada Japan JPN 26    
10 7.62     Alan Lerwill Great Britain GBR 21    
11 7.57     Shinji Ogura Japan JPN 24    
12 7.44     Philippe Housiaux Belgium BEL 20    
13 7.31     Clément Sagna Senegal SEN 26    
14 6.99w     Jerry Wisdom Bahamas BAH 20    
15 6.71     Chen Ming-Chi Chinese Taipei TPE 21    
16 6.06     Owen Meighan Belize BIZ 24    
AC NM     Peter Reed Great Britain GBR 25    
Long Jump Men     Qualifying Round Group B 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 7.94     Lynn Davies Great Britain GBR 26    
2 7.85     Charles Mays United States USA 27    
3 7.79     Reinhold Boschert West Germany FRG 21    
4T 7.77     Lars-Olof Höök Sweden SWE 23    
4T 7.77     Klaus Beer East Germany GDR 25    
6 7.75     Gérard Ugolini France FRA 19    
7 7.74     Igor Ter-Ovanesyan Soviet Union URS 30    
8 7.71     Allen Crawley Australia AUS 27    
9 7.63     Pertti Pousi Finland FIN 22    
10 7.61     Laurent Sarr Senegal SEN      
11 7.59     Galdino Flores Mexico MEX 26    
12 7.58     Naoki Abe Japan JPN 23    
13 7.57     Wellesley Clayton Jamaica JAM 30    
14 7.35     Michel Charland Canada CAN 23    
15 7.30     Su Wen-Ho Chinese Taipei TPE 22    
16 7.29     Anthony Chong Malaysia MAS 27    
17 6.63     Don Vélez Nicaragua NCA 20    
18 6.11     Jean Cochard France FRA 29    

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Results

Final

Held on October 18, 1968

Rank Athlete Mark 1 2 3 4 5 6 Notes
Gold medal icon.svg  Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 8.90 8.04 - - - - WR
Silver medal icon.svg  Klaus Beer (GDR) 8.19 7.97 8.19 x 7.62 x x  
Bronze medal icon.svg  Ralph Boston (USA) 8.16 8.16 8.05 7.91 x x 7.97  
4  Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (URS) 8.12 8.12 8.09 x x 8.10 8.08  
5  Tonu Lepik (URS) 8.09 7.82 8.09 7.63 7.36 7.84 7.75  
6  Allen Crawley (AUS) 8.02 x 8.01 x 7.80 x 8.02  
7  Jack Pani (FRA) 7.97 7.94 7.97 7.69 7.58 7.61 x  
8  Andrzej Stalmach (POL) 7.94 7.71 7.94 7.88 7.75 7.75 7.84  
9  Lynn Davies (GBR) 7.94 6.43 7.94 x    
10  Hiroomi Yamada (JPN) 7.93 x 7.93 x    
11  Leonid Barkovskiy (URS) 7.90 7.90 7.82 x    
12  Reinhold Boschert (FRG) 7.89 x 7.54 7.89    
13  Michael Ahey (GHA) 7.71 7.71 7.57 7.40    
14  Lars-Olof Höök (SWE) 7.66 7.66 x x    
15  Victor Brooks (JAM) 7.51 x x 7.51    
16  Gerard Ugolini (FRA) 7.44 7.44 7.02 x
 Qualification Thursday 17.10
  mark 7.65m 17 Athletes
Group A Team Dist. 1 2 3
1. Ralph Boston EUA 8.27m 8.27    
2. Robert Beamon EUA 8.19m X X 8.19
3. Jack Pani FRA 7.91m 7.91    
3. Tynu Lepik URS 7.91m 7.91    
5. Michael Ahey GHA 7.77m 7.18 7.77  
6. Victor Brooks JAM 7.72m X 7.54 7.72
7. Andrzej Stalmach POL 7.70m 7.60 7.48 7.70
8. Leonid Borkousky URS 7.70m 7.25 7.70  
9. Hiroomi Yamada JPN 7.67m 7.67    
10.Alan Lerwill GBR 7.62m 7.57 7.62 7.60
11.Philippe Housiaux BEL 7.44m 7.30 7.44 7.40
12.Clement Sagna SEN 7.31m 7.26 7.17 7.31
13.Shinji Ogura JPN 7.57m 7.57 X 7.28
14.Gerald Wisdom BHA 6.99m X X 6.99
15.Ming-Chih Chen TWN 6.71m 6.62 X 6.71
16.Owen Meighan HBR 6.06m X 6.06 6.06
-. Peter Reed GBR NM
-. Chuan-Show Chen TWN DNS
-. Henrik Kalocsai HUN DNS
-. Philip May AUS DNS
-. Giuseppe Gentile ITA DNS
Group B Team 1 2 3
1. Lynn Davies GBR 7.94m X X 7.94
2. Charles Mays USA 7.85m 7.85    
3. Renhold Boschert FRG 7.79m X 7.79  
4. Lars-Olof Hook SWE 7.77m 7.77    
4. Klaus Beer GDR 7.77m 7.77    
6. Gerard Ugolini FRA 7.75m 7.75    
7. Igor Ter-Ovanesian URS 7.74m 7.74    
8. Allen Crawley AUS 7.71m X 7.71  
9. Pertti Pousi FIN 7.63m 7.46 7.63 X
10.Laurent Sarr SEN 7.61m 7.27 7.50 7.61
11.Galdino Flores MEX 7.59m 7.38 7.59 X
12.Naoki Abe JPN 7.58m 7.44 X 7.58
13.Wellesly Clayton JAM 7.57m 7.54 7.57 X
14.Michel Charland CAN 7.35m 7.15 7.35 7.35
15.Wen-Ho Su TWN 7.30m 7.30 X 7.14
16.A. Chong Nyak Voon MAL 7.29m 7.09 X 7.29
17.Donald Velez NIC 6.63m X 6.63 X
18.Jean Cochard FRA 6.11m 6.11   X
-. Johnson Amoah GHA DNS
-. Labh Singh IND DNS
-. Zoltan Cziffra HUN DNS

 

 

 

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