Mike Powell (long jumper)

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Mike Powell
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Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1963-11-10) November 10, 1963 (age 50)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Long jump
Updated on 6 August 2012.

Michael "Mike" Anthony Powell (born November 10, 1963) is a former American track and field athlete, and the holder of the long jump world record. Mike Powell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a two-time world champion in this event.

Biography[edit]

At the 1991 World Championships in Athletics (Tokyo), he broke Bob Beamon's almost 23-year-old long jump world record by 5 cm (2 inches), leaping 8.95 m (29 ft 414 in). The world record still stands, making Powell the fourth person since 1900 to hold the record for over 20 years. His feat earned him the James E. Sullivan Award and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality Award in 1991. He also holds the longest non-legal jump of 8.99 m (29 ft 534 in) (wind-aided +4.4) set at high altitude in Sestriere, Italy in 1992.[1]

Powell won long jump silver medals at both the 1988 Olympics and 1992 Olympics. As well as his famous 1991 victory, he won the long jump again at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics, and came third at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics.

After the 1996 Olympics, Powell retired. He returned in 2001 with a goal of competing in the 2004 Olympics, but did not make the American team.

Powell attended Edgewood High School in West Covina, California, where he finished second in the High jump at the CIF California State Meet in 1981.[2] He went on to attend the University of California, Irvine and later transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Powell is currently an analyst for Yahoo! Sports Olympic Track & Field coverage.

He stated in July 2009 that he intended to return to competition with the aim of breaking Tapani Taavitsainen's Masters over-45 world record in the long jump.[3]

Powell now coaches long jump permanently at the Academy of Speed in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "0 Toplists lj m - o". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  3. ^ Minshull, Phil (2009-07-07). Mike Powell aims to return to competition. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
United States Bob Beamon
Men's Long Jump World Record Holder
August 30, 1991–present
Incumbent
Achievements
Preceded by
United States Larry Myricks
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
1990 — 1991
Succeeded by
United States Carl Lewis
Preceded by
United States Carl Lewis
Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance
1993
Succeeded by
United States Erick Walder
Awards
Preceded by
Australia Mal Meninga
BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
United States Andre Agassi