noone wrote: Tuariki wrote:
gh wrote:the problem with reconstructions of any kind, no matter how well thought out and pursued by highly qualified people is that there's always the "knowing what we know now" factor, and it leads, I'm sure, to different results than one would have gotten at the time.
case in point: how one would judge '68 now that the full impact of altitude is appreciated and understood.
IMO Beamon's jump still the most amazing single performance in Games history.
This observation is unlikely to help you gain admission to the Track and Field experts hall of fame.
Given it is my personal opinion that is not a particularly relevant observation.
However, the following are indisputable facts of Beamon's jump:
1. He increased the world record by 6.6 percent from 8.35 to 8.90
2. He increased the Olympic record by 9.6 percent from 8.12 to 8.90
3. His Olympic record still stands after 44 years
4. Sports illustrated rated his jump one of the 5 greatest moments of sport in the 20th century
5. TnF News named him as 1968 Athlete Of The Year
6. Inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983 in the first batch of inductees
So while I may not make it into the Track and Field Experts Hall of Fame, I think I am still in pretty good company in regards to my opinion on Beamon's jump.