Long Jump in History

Events in Sport

  • 1896-04-06 1st modern Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; American athlete James Connolly Olympic becomes first modern Olympic champion when he wins the triple jump (then 2 hops and a jump); later 3rd in the long jump, 2nd in the high jump
  • 1896-04-10 High jumper Ellery Clark leads an American sweep of the placings with a leap of 1.81m at the Athens Olympics; his 2nd victory of the Games after taking out the long jump
  • 1901-08-05 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets the first officially recognised world long jump record at 24' 11 3/4" in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1921-07-23 Edward Gourdin of US sets long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
  • 1924-07-07 American Robert LeGendre sets then long jump world record at 25' 5½" in Paris, France
  • 1925-06-12 William DeHart Hubbard of US, sets long jump record at 25' 10 3/4"
  • 1928-07-07 American Edward Hamm sets then long jump world record at 25' 11" at Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 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"

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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
  • 1936-08-04 American athlete Jesse Owens wins his 2nd gold medal at the Berlin Olympics; beats German Luz Long in the long jump final with an Olympic record
  • 1948-08-04 Hungary's Olga Gyarmati wins the first ever Olympic women's long jump competition at the London Games
  • 1956-11-27 Elżbieta Krzesińska of Poland equals world record with leap of 6.53m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 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"
  • 1964-10-14 Mary Rand of Great Britain leaps a world record 6.76m to win the women's long jump gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 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")
  • 1968-10-14 Viorica Viscopoleanu of Romania sets world record 6.82m to win the women's long jump at the Mexico City Olympics; beats Sheila Sherwood of Great Britain by 0.14m
  • 1968-10-18 American long jumper Bob Beamon sets an incredible world record (8.90m, 29' 2½") in high altitude at the Mexico City Olympics; 0.55m (22") improvement over previous world record
  • 1980-05-28 Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5"

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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 American athlete Carl Lewis wins long jump (8.54m), his second of 4 gold medals at Los Angeles 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")
  • 1988-09-25 Americans sweep the medals in the long jump at the Seoul Olympics; Carl Lewis wins his second gold of the Games with leap of 8.72m ahead of team mates Mike Powell & Larry Myricks
  • 1988-09-29 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics by taking the long jump with an Olympic record leap of 7.40m; previously won the heptathlon
  • 1991-08-30 Mike Powell of US sets then long jump record at 29' 4½" (8.95m)
  • 1992-08-06 The US track team sweeps the medals in the long jump at the Barcelona Olympics as Carl Lewis wins gold (28 feet, 5 1/2 inches), Mike Powell silver and Joe Greene bronze
  • 2008-08-22 Maurren Higa Maggi wins the women's long jump with a leap of 7.04m at the Beijing Olympics; Brazil's first ever gold medal in any women's individual event

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872-10-24 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record), born in Millom, England (d. 1957)
  • 1888-10-30 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek athlete (Olympic gold standing long jump, bronze high jump 1912, 2 silver 1908), born in Pylos, Greece (d. 1913)
  • 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 Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1908-01-01 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), born in Okayama, Japan (d. 1931)
  • 1922-03-09 Herb Douglas, American long jumper (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1928-03-20 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1929-04-25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1929-09-26 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 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, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Rostov, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1939-05-09 Ralph Boston, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1960; first to break 27 feet [8.2m] barrier), born in Laurel Mississippi
  • 1939-08-08 Viorica Viscopoleanu, Romanian athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1968), born in Storozhynets, Romania
  • 1939-12-31 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), born in Money, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1940-02-10 Mary Rand, English field athlete (Olympic long jump gold 6.76m WR 1964), born in Wells, Somerset
  • 1942-05-20 Lynn Davies, long jumper
  • 1942-09-26 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German long jumper and relayer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1947-02-14 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951-05-18 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1957-11-07 Kathy McMillan, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1976; Boycott Games gold 1980), born in Raeford, North Carolina
  • 1957-11-10 Jodi Anderson, American long jump champ (1978-81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958-07-26 Ramona Neubert, German long jumper and pentathlete (Olympic 4th 80), born in Pirna, Germany
  • 1960-08-31 Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper

Person of interestCarl Lewis

1961-07-01 Carl Lewis, American sprinter and long jumper (9 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1962-01-12 Gunde Svan, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Järna, Sweden
  • 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 1988, 92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966-09-04 Jearl A. Miles, American 400m/long jumper (Olympic gold 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1967-02-07 Joseph Tilford Leigh Greene, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1967-02-21 Leroy Russel Burrell, American long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-03-05 Nicole Boegman, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1988, 92, 96)
  • 1967-08-09 Elexa Wills/Orrange, Orange Texas, long jumper/triple jumper
  • 1968-09-04 Carlette Guidry-White, American sprinter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1969-11-19 Rod Mapstone, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969-12-18 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-11-09 Chantal Brunner, long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1971-03-01 Allen Johnson, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1995, 97, 2001, 03), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971-10-15 Roland McGhee, American 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 1996), born in Southport, Queensland
  • 1972-12-17 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympic 4th 1992)
  • 1973-03-30 Kareem Streete-Thompson, Caymanian-American 100m athlete and long jumper, born in Ithaca, New York
  • 1980-03-28 Stiliani Pilatou, Greek long jumper
  • 1982-02-12 Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper, born in Messene, Greece

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

  • 1913-02-10 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek athlete (Olympic gold standing long jump, bronze high jump 1912, 2 x silver 1908), dies from meningitis at 24
  • 1931-08-02 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), dies from pneumonia at 24
  • 1952-07-21 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • 1957-11-09 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record), dies at 85
  • 1966-07-22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • 1971-09-05 Ed Gordon Jr, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 63
  • 1998-11-20 Meredith Gourdine, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), dies at 69
  • 2007-02-06 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 2011-11-24 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), dies at 74