Dion Bentley

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Dion Bentley
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1971-08-26) August 26, 1971 (age 49)
Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
ResidenceStone Mountain, Georgia
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Long jump
College teamFlorida Gators
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)LJ: 8.39 m (New Orleans 1993)

Dion Bentley (born August 26, 1971) is an American long jumper.

Bentley attended Penn Hills High School, where he had a stellar track career,[1] including setting the still current American Junior record in the long jump.[2] He was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1989.[3]

He went to the University of Florida, where he continued to compete in the long jump and holds the Gators' indoor (26 ft 8 14 in or 8.13 m) and outdoor (27 ft 6 12 in or 8.39 m) records.[4] Bentley had the unfortunate timing of reaching the elite ranks at the peak of the careers of Carl Lewis, Mike Powell, Larry Myricks and Joe Greene among others,[4] reaching as high as #6 on the U.S. rankings in 1994 in his three visits to the top ten.[5] As of 2013, he ranks as #50 on the all-time world performer list.[6]


  1. ^ "A Young Long Jumper Taking Aim at the Best - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  2. ^ "USATF - Statistics - Records". usatf.org. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  3. ^ "browser - Please update to a modern browser". trackandfieldnews.com. Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  4. ^ a b "Where are they now? Dion Bentley". old.post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2013-05-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Long Jump - men - senior - outdoor | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2016-07-14.

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Preceded by
Art Skipper
Track & Field News High School Boys Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Chris Nelloms