VIDEO ATHLETE PROFILE / Bob Beamon: The Legacy Beyond The Leap
  • Joseph Battaglia (USA)

Bob Beamon is synonymous with one of the greatest track and field performances in history, the 29-foot, 2.5-inch world record in the long jump he set at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, a mark which eclipsed the former record by almost two feet and still stands as the Olympic record. But few realize that Beamon almost sacrificed that opportunity standing up for civil rights. This is the story of how the man who could fly was nearly grounded for standing against racism.


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