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Bob Beamon's first jump of the final in Mexcio 1968 was so long that the optical measuring device slid off its rail before reaching Beamon's mark. Using an old-fashioned steel tape, the officials announced the distance as 8.90m. Beamon collapsed, overcome by emotion.

Athletics, BEAMON, Bob, long jump, Mexico 1968, Surprises, United States of America, Men,

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