"Well, I didn't jump last, but I guess everything else was perfect." Or as close to flawless as one might ask for as Powell broke the oldest and most famous record in the history of his sport Friday night by leaping 29-41/2 to beat Carl Lewis and win the gold medal in the long jump at the World Track and Field Championships.
Bob Beamon's record of 29-21/2 had stood for nearly 23 years - since Oct. And in the process, he brought down Lewis, the two-time defending world champ, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and the man every expert figured would be the man to finally crack the mark.
Lewis is an assistant coach at the University of Houston.
(AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami) less Mike Powell, center, of the U. more This story appeared in the Houston Chronicle on Aug. The words and headlines are reprinted as they ran then.
S., wears the gold medal after setting a world record in the long jump at the 3rd World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo, Aug. TOKYO - In the end, it was just the way Mike Powell envisioned it.
celebrates his world record in the men's long jump competition at the 3rd World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo, Aug. Powell jumped 29 feet, four and one-half inches, breaking the world record set by fellow American Bob Beamon at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
"I wanted a perfect situation, a perfect track, a big meet, being behind and me up as the very last jumper," he said.
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected to announce winners of the 20 bids on September 13 in Lima, Peru.But if gymnasts from North and South Korea can be excited about taking selfies together, then there’s hope for the rest of us.Here’s a look back at some previous Olympic examples of #Black Excellence that can be both a reminder of hope during particularly dark times and a predictor of things to come in Rio.#Black Excellence in the Olympics has a long legacy.We may also never see anyone as brutally honest and brash in terms of having utmost confidence in his or her abilities. Lewis didn’t lose in the long jump for 10 years while racking up a streak of 65 consecutive victories.In 1981, Carl Lewis became the first athlete since Jesse Owens to win both a track event (the 100-meter dash) and a field event (the long jump) in national competition. We have to be carved in a certain way just to be men of steel and all.Check out the Streampix premiere, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice.