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Biography:

Olympic Gold medalist, Track and Field star, Diversity speaker and Baby Boomer Bob Beamon is an American long jumper who set a world record of 29.2 feet at the 1968 Olympics Games in Mexico City. His record broke the existing record by 21.65 inches and Bob’s record stood for 23 years, until Mike Powell of the United States finally broke it in 1991.

Sports Speaker Bob Beamon attended North Carolina A & T, the University of Texas at El Paso and Adelphi University where he also played basketball. At the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico, Bob had no idea that he had broken the record or even surpassed the twenty nine foot milestone. Teammate Ralph Boston walked over and told him that he jumped more than twenty nine feet, and Bob passed out!

After his great accomplishment, Bob Beamon competed off and on until his retirement before the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. He eventually became a track coach, worked with youth programs and participated in a mixture of sports-related activities. The United States Olympic Hall of Fame was established in 1983, and Bob was one of the first athletes to be inducted as a hall of famer. He was also inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. For his athletic achievements, Bob Beamon has appeared in television programs including Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ’68 Summer Games, The Olympic Series: Golden Moments 1920-2002, ESPN 25: Who’s #1?, and Salute, a documentary that was released in 2008 which focused on the iconic moment in the US civil rights movement, the black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. He has also been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and countless other publications. Beamon is also an author of his memoir entitled Man Who Could Fly: The Bob Beamon Story.