There are days when the air is electric and it suggests that something absolutely out of the ordinary is about to materialize. This is the case of the 10 days that have forever changed the course of athletics and all-round sport.
8.90, Bob Beamon: Long Jump
A monstrous, unreal, inexplicable leap: on October 18, 1968, at the Olympic Games, Bob Beamon improved by 55 (!) centimetres the prevailing world record by printing a memorable 8.90 in the long jump final. And to think that he shouldn’t even have been standing that day on the platform: yes, the night before he had thought well to drown his sorrows in an ocean of tequila in the worst bar in Mexico City.
After those games, he’ll never even get over 20 feet.