Bob Beamon collects 'outstanding Olympic performance' award

October 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Long jump great Bob Beamon has received a special Olympic award, almost half a century after he set a world record with a stunning jump at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

Beamon was presented the ''outstanding performance''' prize Thursday night by the Association of National Olympic Committees.

On Oct. 18, 1968, Beamon soared 29 feet, 2-1/2 inches (8.90 meters) on his first jump, shattering the world record by 21-3/4 inches (55 cms), in one of the iconic moments in Olympic history.

The world record stood for 22 years before Mike Powell broke it in 1991, but Beamon's jump still stands as the Olympic record.


Beamon was among the ANOC award winners at a ceremony at the DAR Constitution Hall. Among the presenters were U.S. swimmers Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte.

Other awards were presented for best male and female athletes from various continental games.

The list of winners:


2015 African Games:

Male: Franck Elemba, Republic of Congo, track and field

Female: Marie-Josee Ta Lou, Ivory Coast, track and field


2015 Pan American Games:

Male: Thiago Pereira, Brazil, swimming

Female: Kim Rhode, United States, shooting


2014 Asian Games

Male: Femi Seun Ogunode, Qatar, track and field

Female: Yao Jinnan, China, gymnastics


2015 European Games

Male: Togrul Asgarov, Azerbaijan, wrestling

Female: Katie Taylor, Ireland, boxing


2015 Pacific Games

Male: Ryan Pini, Papua New Guinea, swimming

Female: Jennifer Chieng, Federated States of Micronesia, boxing


Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

Francesco Ricci Bitti, Italy, former head of International Tennis Federation


Contribution to the Olympic Movement

Thomas Bach, Germany, president of International Olympic Committee