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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump


Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump

Men's long jump
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Dates October 18
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    East Germany
Bronze medal    United States
Official Video Highlights
Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The men's long jump was one of four men's jumping events on the Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics program in Mexico City. Bob Beamon won in a new world record of 8.90m; a record which stood for 23 years.


Gold Bob Beamon
United States (USA)
Silver Klaus Beer
East Germany (GDR)
Bronze Ralph Boston
United States (USA)


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Ralph Boston (USA)
 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (URS)
8.35 m Modesto, United States
Mexico City, Mexico
29 May 1965
19 October 1967
Olympic record  Ralph Boston (USA) 8.12 m Rome, Italy 2 September 1960



Held on October 18, 1968
Rank Athlete Mark 1 2 3 4 5 6 Notes
 Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 8.90 8.04 - - - - WR
 Klaus Beer (GDR) 8.19 7.97 8.19 x 7.62 x x
 Ralph Boston (USA) 8.16 8.16 8.05 7.91 x x 7.97
4  Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (URS) 8.12 8.12 8.09 x x 8.10 8.08
5  Tonu Lepik (URS) 8.09 7.82 8.09 7.63 7.36 7.84 7.75
6  Allen Crawley (AUS) 8.02 x 8.01 x 7.80 x 8.02
7  Jack Pani (FRA) 7.97 7.94 7.97 7.69 7.58 7.61 x
8  Andrzej Stalmach (POL) 7.94 7.71 7.94 7.88 7.75 7.75 7.84
9  Lynn Davies (GBR) 7.94 6.43 7.94 x
10  Hiroomi Yamada (JPN) 7.93 x 7.93 x
11  Leonid Barkovskiy (URS) 7.90 7.90 7.82 x
12  Reinhold Boschert (FRG) 7.89 x 7.54 7.89
13  Michael Ahey (GHA) 7.71 7.71 7.57 7.40
14  Lars-Olof Höök (SWE) 7.66 7.66 x x
15  Victor Brooks (JAM) 7.51 x x 7.51
16  Gerard Ugolini (FRA) 7.44 7.44 7.02 x


  • Official Results - Olympic Games Official Report Volume III. p. 528

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