August 5, 2016
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Bob Beamon ’72 Still Holds the Olympic Long-Jump Record

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by Cari Costa '16

Bob Beamon '72 Olympic Champion

On the cusp of the opening of the Rio Olympics, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review profiled the athlete who still holds the Olympics long-jump record: Bob Beamon ’72.

At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Beamon stunned the world when he jumped 29 feet and 2 ½ inches, shattering the previous record by nearly two feet. His record has stood for the past 48 years, much to Beamon’s pleasure. He does acknowledge: “However, records are made to be broken.”

 “I think Bob’s feat was equivalent to walking on the moon,” fellow Olympic medalist John Carlos told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “What he did was phenomenal 48 years ago, and it’s just as phenomenal today.”

Beamon said that sports was the hook that pulled him through a difficult childhood. His mother died when he was 8 years old. He grew up poor and, he said, “was definitely headed to a life of crime.”

A member of the Adelphi Athletics Hall of Fame, Beamon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that it was “vital” that he earned his college degree at Adelphi.

Read full Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article.

Watch a YouTube video of Beamon’s record 1968 jump.


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Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

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