Currently alive, at 72 years of age.
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1946 – Robert Beamon was born 29th of August.
1968 – Set a world record for the long jump at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City with a jump of 8.90 m (29 ft. 2-1/2 in.).
– Won gold medal in Olympic long jump
Named by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the five greatest sports moments of the 20th century.
New adjective – Beamonesque – came into use to describe spectacular feats.
1991 – Beamon’s record was broken when Mike Powell jumped 8.95 m (29 ft. 4-3/8 in.) at the World Championships in Tokyo.