Bob Beamon's Magic Jump, 43 years ago, October 18, 1968, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

There are memories for me, from my childhood, that are as clear as if they were yesterday. Two of my favorite ways to spend time with my father were deer hunting and fishing.   The key element, spending time with my father, was the important portion of both activities . 

We were not big TV sports watchers. We were all about going outside, fishing mostly. I do remember, however, watching the 1968 Olympics, the first one I can remember, at the kitchen table in the house we lived in on Post Port Lane in Bridgeton, Missouri. Dad was making lunch for the five of us, and it was hotdogs, one of our favorites.

I remember  watching Bob Beamon jump. I knew what the long jump was, as we had done it in PE in fourth and fifth grade. I remember just thinking, gosh, that was pretty cool to see a guy jump so far. I also remember Bob Beamon putting his hands to his face, and weeping. I was struck by Mr. Beamon's athleticism at the age of ten. 

I believe I met Mr. Beamon in 1996, at the Atlanta Olympics. Like the late Al Oerter, I think Bob Beamon is an Olympian with all of the magic of the word.

43 years later, some of Mr. Beamon's friends celebrated the forty-third anniversary of Bob Beamon's historic long jump. Bob Beamon, a graphic artist, is now CEO of Art for Olympians.

On October 18, 1968, Bob Beamon leaped into the air and did not come down
until he hit 8.90 meters, an amazing world record. Bob Beamon then became an adjective,
beamonesque. Beamonesque means, beyond expectations.

At the age of twenty-four, Bob Beamon soared into the sky and came down nearly nine meters later, putting the world record out of reach for twenty-three years!

Forty-three years later, Bob Beamon's 8.90m jump is still number two on the all time list. 




LAUSANNE (SUI): The European Indoor Permit meetings calendar 2012 will consist of 7 events and that is 3 more than in 2011. Newly in the list is the Aviva International Match in Glasgow on January 28 (GBR-USA-RUS-GER-Commonwealth), for first time in this category Slovakian high jump meet in Banska Bystrica on February 8 and former member of this category the Eduard Grigoryan Memorial what is an international junior meeting in Moscow (February 15). The remaining four events are Combined Events meet in Tallinn, Estonia (Feb 3-4), Pedros Cup in Bydgoszcz (Feb 8, shot put men and pole vault men and women), 7th PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf (Feb 10) and Donetsk Pole Vault Stars meeting in Ukraine (Feb 11). Classical senior one day meeting is from all of them only the event in Dusseldorf. In 2011 rankings Dusseldorf was third best indoor meet in the world, in the special indoor meetings Donetsk was the best ahead of Bydgoszcz and Banska Bystrica (best of only high jump meetings).



NAPLES (USA): informs that on Tuesday night friends and dignitaries celebrated the 43rd anniversary of Bob Beamon's feat on Oct. 18, 1968, in the Summer Olympics in Mexico City when he jumped the historical 890 cm. Still second best mark ever. "Between time and space," Beamon explained. "It becomes hazy. That whole evening, I kept saying, 'I'll probably wake up from this dream." Now CEO of Art of the Olympians, Beamon (66) is proud to wear a new uniform. "I had been retired for three days," said Beamon, formerly the associate athletic director at Chicago State. "I got a call from Cathy Oerter. She said, 'Would you like to join us?' I said, 'Absolutely.' She's truly a friend." Beamon's goals are to develop strong relationships with all Olympic sponsors, do live shows using video streaming and social media which are family-oriented, and introduce more Olympians who are artists, singers, dancers, writers and poets. Beamon himself is a graphic artist who has turned that medium into necktie designs and writing pens.



VENICE (ITA): The 26th Venice Marathon will be held this Sunday. All available 7000 starting places have been sold out immediately after the entries were opened in May. Another duel Kenya vs. Ethiopia is expected in the elite field. Simon Mukun of Kenya is the title defender from last year (clocked his PB 2:09:35) and was fifth this year in Rome. Nicholas Koech has event faster 2:07:23 from last year Prague and will run his first marathon 2011. Ethiopians are headed by winner of Firenze 2010 and Padova 2011 Tadesse Tolesa (2:09:02) and Teshome Galana who has 2:07:37 from winning Houston in 2010. Home runners leader is veteran, 38-years old Danilo Goffi who will run his first marathon of the year. Ethiopian Harun Makda is women title defender (2:28:08 last year) and improved this April in Daegu Marathon to 2:27:46 as fourth. Best Kenyan is Helen Kirop with 2:24:54 best and to mention from European runners Yevgeniya Danilova from Russia and Natalia Cherches of Moldova. Course records are 2:08:13 by John Komen in 2009 and 2:27:02 by Lenah Cheruiyot in 2007.



CHINOOK (USA): The website says that US record holder Jenn Suhr will not compete at Pan-Am Games next week. It is also confirmed indirectly by USATF as she is no longer listed in the team roster. She had this outdoor season 7 competitions with last one in Zurich at Weltklasse Meet when winning (472). Suhr was fourth in Daegu at the World Championships. Her duel with world champion Fabiana Murer from Brazil was supposed to be one of the athletics highlights of the games. US will have so Becky Holliday as the only representative in women pole vault. Athletics programme starts on Sunday October 23 with both 20 km walk competitions (men and women) and women marathon.







LONDON (GBR): Lord Sebastian Coe passionately defended the decision to retain the athletics track at the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 and hit out at critics who claim that the facility will be under-utilised. Lyeton Orient chairman Barry Hearn is among the leading sceptics who claim that there is not enough demand to justify keeping the track in a 60,000 capacity stadium. "There is no lack of demand for top-class track and field in this country," the double Olympic 1500 meters champion told the London Assembly here. Coe claimed that Britain's successful annual two-day Diamond League meetings at Crystal Palace shows there is sufficient interest in the sport. "The capacity there is about 16,000 organisers could probably sell five times that number of tickets. Crowds of between 50,000 and 70,000 fans regularly international athletics events in European cities like Paris and Brussels," says Coe.


NAIROBI (KEN): More than 20 elite athletes have joined a field of 5500 who had by Wednesday confirmed participation in the 2011 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon set for November 30 in Nairobi. Informs The Nation of Kenya. On Wednesday, the event received support from World marathon record holder, Patrick Makau, while women's 5,000m and 10,000 World champion, Vivian Cheruiyot said she will compete in the 10km race. Makau, who is yet to start serious training after his blistering world record-winning time in Berlin said he would be at the start and finishing point of the race to encourage younger athletes. Close to 20,000 athletes are expected to register for the event before the November 23 deadline. Going for men's top prize of Sh1.5 million in the senior men's race are 2009 Amsterdam Marathon champion Gilbert Yegon and Philemon Boit, who won the Brighton Marathon in April. 2009 Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon champion, Francis Kiptoo and Wurzburg Half Marathon champion Noah Talam will also race in the category.


TALLINN (EST): European Athletics informs that former Olympic decathlon champion Erki Nool and renowned jumping coach Yevgeniy Zagorulko of Russia (Ukhov, Chicherova, Silnov) shared their expertise and experiences at the European Decathlon Conference held in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn earlier this month. Over 75 athletes and coaches from six countries - Estonia, Latvia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland and Norway took part in the two-day conference where the main focus was on the jumps discipline of the decathlon event. The Conference, a part of the 2011 European Athletics Summit Series, was hosted by the Estonian Athletic Association.


ADDIS ABABA (ETH): Great Ethiopian Run announced that registration for the 2011 CBE Great Ethiopian Run 10km (November 27) is sold out in less than ten days. The rapid sale of places confirms the popularity of this event, which still holds the title as Africa's biggest mass participation race.


BRUSSEL (BEL) : Former Belgian European 60m hurdles indoor champion Eline Berings is back in training to prepare the 2012 indoor season. The 25-year old underwent surgery earlier this year and has since rehabilitated her knee. With all troubles now behind her she believes the World indoor championships and the Olympic Games are her main goals for 2012 she said to Belgian media.


BERLIN (GER): The video of Betty Heidler's world record hammer throw is the most viewed video of the year on leichtathletik TV. Heidler could count on over 8000 views since throwing her record earlier this summer.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USA Track and Field and German automotive giant BMW are working together to increase the efficiency of training analysis for athletes as they prepare for next summer's Olympic Games in London. The company has developed a dual-vision camera for movement analysis which records critical data in real-time and transfers it to an on-site laptop according to


MELBOURNE (AUS): Cathy Freeman was named the 2011 legend and inducted into the prestigious group of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in Melbourne. The two-time world champion over the 400m relived her Olympic glory from Sydney 2000 as she took to the stage and admitted that she still hasn't had chance to get her head around what those Games did for her. Sydney and that night is definitely the jewel in the crown of my career Freeman said on stage.


PORTSMOUTH (GBR): Double World record holder Kenyan Leonard Patrick Komon is the latest addition to the strong field being assembled for the Bupa Great South Run on 30 October. Komon the reigning World 10 kilometers and 15km record holder has confirmed his participation in the prestigious IAAF Gold Label Event over a very quick 10 miles course in Portsmouth where last year Joseph Ebuya set a UK All-Comers' record of 45:16. The 23-year-old will certainly have that target in his sights in a line up which includes fellow Kenyan Abel Kirui who recently retained his IAAF World Championships Marathon title and Morocco's Abderrahime Bouramdane who finished fourth behind him in Daegu. The presence of Komon and the other overseas visitors should draw the best out of British runners Chris Thompson the 2010 European 10,000 silver medallist. Scott Overall fifth in last month's BMW Berlin Marathon and Andrew Lemoncello, Scotland's Number One. Organizers are saying in a release.


BUDAPEST (HUN): Best 100 m men´s race at one day meetings was held in 2011 in Eugene at Prefontaine Classic according to the score 6188 points of website. Second position in this ranking (taking into consideration, results, wind-speed and quality of the field) has Athletissima of Lausanne 6145 and third Herculis of Monaco with 6078 points. Close fourth place with 6052 for Weltklasse 100 m in Zurich and Jamaican Invitational in Kingston (also 6052 points). Last over 6000 points at one day meetings is Van Damme race in Brussels with 6017 points.

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