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Photos: Your Favorite Summer Olympian

Recall the athletes who capture our imaginations every four years and let us know who is your favorite

Bob Beamon, Track and Field

Bob Beamon, Track and Field
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Bob Beamon shattered all previous records and secured a place in Olympic history for the long jump, landing at an astonishing 29 feet 2.5 inches during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. In an iconic moment, his legs gave way under him when he realized the magnitude of his victory, having beaten the existing record by almost two feet. This record endured for almost 23 years, and Beamon was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. He was never able to replicate that jump, which Sports Illustrated called the fifth-greatest sports moment in the 20th century. --AV

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