Bob Beamon

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Robert Beamon (born August 29, 1946) is an American former track and field athlete, best known for his world record in the long jump at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968. By jumping 8.90 m (29 ft 2+1⁄4 in), he broke the existing record by a margin of 55 cm (21+3⁄4 in) and his world record stood for almost 23 years until it was broken in 1991 by Mike Powell. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bob Beamon has received more than 937,140 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Bob Beamon is the 5th most popular athlete (up from 6th in 2019), the 550th most popular biography from United States (up from 670th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Athlete.

Bob Beamon is most famous for his record-breaking jump in the 1968 Olympics. He jumped 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches, which was almost two feet farther than the previous world record.

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Among athletes, Bob Beamon ranks 5 out of 6,025Before him are Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, Jesse Owens, and Emil Zátopek. After him are Carl Lewis, Spyridon Louis, Dick Fosbury, Ronnie Coleman, Usain Bolt, Fanny Blankers-Koen, and Javier Sotomayor.

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Among people born in 1946, Bob Beamon ranks 52Before him are Arrigo Sacchi, Talia Shire, Liza Minnelli, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, André the Giant, and Jang Song-thaek. After him are Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Marina Abramović, Charles Dance, Thongloun Sisoulith, Tim Curry, and Barry Gibb.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bob Beamon ranks 550 out of 20,380Before him are Richard Bach (1936), James B. Sumner (1887), Joseph McCarthy (1908), Raquel Welch (1940), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), and Burt Young (1940). After him are Harold Lloyd (1893), Chet Baker (1929), Donna Summer (1948), Terry Gilliam (1940), Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), and Kamala Harris (1964).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Bob Beamon ranks 2Before him are Jesse Owens (1913). After him are Carl Lewis (1961), Dick Fosbury (1947), Ronnie Coleman (1964), Ray Ewry (1873), Thomas Burke (1875), Mike Powell (1963), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Frank Zane (1942), and Larry Scott (1938).