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Boston, Ralph Harold

Born: 1939 AD
Currently alive, at 81 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Track and Field Athlete

1939 – He was  born on the 9th of May.

         – He studied in Tennessee State University.

1960 – He was an all around athletic star, but he is best remembered for his successes in the long jump.

         – Boston won the National Collegiate Athletic Association title in the long jump also breaking the world record in the long jump, held by Jesse Owens for 24 years, during the summer.

1961-1964 – Boston won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national championship in the long jump.

         – He also had the longest triple jump for an American.

         – At Tokyo, Boston won the silver medal in the long jump.

1965 – He continued having success in the long jump after the Summer Olympics, winning two more national titles in the long jump and the AAU title in the high hurdles.

         – He was ranked #1 in the world in the high jump.

1968 – Although Boston lost both the national title and the #1 ranking, he continued to compete.

         – At age 29, he won a bronze, finishing behind Bob Beamon at the Summer Olympics at Mexico City. Shortly after the Games, Boston retired.