Long Jump in History

Events in Sport

  • 1901-08-05 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets then long jump record at 24' 11 3/4"
  • 1912-04-01 Greek athlete Konstantinos Tsiklitiras breaks the world record -in standing long jump jumping 3.47 metres.
  • 1921-07-23 Edward Gourdin of US sets long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
  • 1924-07-07 Robert LeGendre of US, sets then long jump record at 25' 5½"
  • 1925-06-12 William DeHart Hubbard of US, sets long jump record at 25' 10 3/4"
  • 1928-07-07 Edward Hamm of US, sets then long jump record at 25' 11"
  • 1928-09-09 Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' ½"
  • 1931-10-27 Chuhei Numbu of Japan, sets then long jump record at 26' 2½"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935-05-05 Jesse Owens of US sets long jump record at 26' 8½"

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1960-08-12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 8.21m
  • 1961-05-27 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' ½"
  • 1961-07-16 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 2"
  • 1962-06-10 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • 1964-08-15 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • 1964-09-12 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4½"
  • 1965-09-29 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"
  • 1967-10-19 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"
  • 1968-03-15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
  • 1968-10-18 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City
  • 1980-05-28 Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-08-10 1st World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1984-08-06 Carl Lewis wins 2nd (long jump) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics
  • 1986-06-21 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)
  • 1987-09-05 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump
  • 1988-02-13 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • 1988-06-11 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
  • 1991-08-30 Mike Powell of US sets then long jump record at 29' 4½" (8.95m)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872-04-25 Charles Burgess Fry, cricketer/world record long jumper
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1900-10-09 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), born in Cavaellon, Haiti (d. 1928)
  • 1903-11-25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic gold 1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1906-07-01 Edward Lansing Gordon Jr, long jumper (Olympic gold 32), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1922-03-09 Herbert P Douglas Jr, Pitts, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1948)
  • 1928-03-20 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1929-04-25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Oly-gold-52)
  • 1929-09-26 Meredith C Gourdine, long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1930-07-11 Gregory C Bell, Terre Haute Ind, long jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1934-11-11 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1937-04-18 Tatyana Shchelkanova, USSR, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1939-05-09 Ralph Boston, Laurel Miss, long jumper (Oly-gold/sil/brz-60, 64, 68)
  • 1939-08-08 Viorica Viscopoleanu, Romania, long jumper (Oly-gold-68)
  • 1939-12-31 Willye White, US long jumper (Oly-silver-56, appeared in 5 Olympics)
  • 1940-02-10 Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1942-05-20 Lynn Davies, long jumper
  • 1942-09-26 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German FR, long jumper/relayer (Oly-gold-72)
  • 1946-05-24 Irina Kirszenstein Szewinska, Lenningrad, long jumper (Oly-bron-1972)
  • 1947-02-14 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951-05-18 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic gold 76)
  • 1957-11-07 Kathy McMillan, long jumper (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1957-11-10 Jodi Anderson, US long jump champ (1978-81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958-07-26 Ramona Neubert, German long jumper and pentathlete (Oly-4th-80), born in Pirna, Germany
  • 1960-08-31 Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1961-07-01 Carl Lewis [Frederick], sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1962-03-12 Gunde Svan, Swedish long jumper (Olympics-gold-1984, 88)
  • 1962-06-28 Anisoara Stanciu-Cusmir, Romanian long jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brăila, Romania
  • 1963-11-10 Michael Anthony Powell, American long jumper (world record 1991, Olympic silver 88, 92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966-09-04 Jearl A Miles, 400m/long jumper (Olympics-gold-96), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1967-02-07 Joseph Tilford Leigh Greene, long jumper (Oly-br-92, 96), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1967-02-21 Leroy Russel Burrell, long jumper (Olympics-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-03-05 Nicole Boegman, Australian long jumper (Olympics-88, 92, 96)
  • 1967-08-09 Elexa Wills/Orrange, Orange Texas, long jumper/triple jumper
  • 1968-09-04 Carlette Guidry-White, 100m/long jumper
  • 1969-11-19 Rod Mapstone, Australian long jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1969-12-18 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1970-11-09 Chantal Brunner, long jumper (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1971-03-01 Allen Johnson, long jumper/110m hurdler (Olympics-gold-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-10-15 Roland McGhee, long jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1972-04-07 Shana Williams, Bridgeton NJ, long jumper/heptathlete
  • 1972-06-26 Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-12-17 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)
  • 1973-03-30 Kareem Streete-Thompson, 100m/long jumper, born in Ithaca, New York
  • 1973-03-30 [Kirk] Kareem Streete-Thompson, long jumper, born in Ithaca, New York
  • 1980-03-28 Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • 1982-02-12 Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006-03-31 Long jumper gold medalist Bronwyn Thompson (28) weds Jason Chipperfield at Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane, Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1966-07-22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68