Mike Powell (long jumper)
|Full name||Michael Anthony Powell|
|Born||November 10, 1963|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Updated on August 6, 2012.|
Michael Anthony Powell (born November 10, 1963) is an American former track and field athlete, and the holder of the long jump world record. He is a two-time world champion in this event and two-time Olympic silver medalist. His world record of 8.95 m (29 ft 4+1⁄4 in) has stood since 1991.
Powell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Edgewood High School in West Covina, California, where he finished second in the High jump at the CIF California State Meet in 1981. He went on to attend the University of California, Irvine and later transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
At the 1991 World Championships in Athletics (Tokyo), on August 30, 1991, Powell broke Bob Beamon's almost 23-year-old long jump world record by 5 cm (2 inches), leaping 8.95 m (29 ft 4+1⁄4 in). The world record still stands, making it the longest-standing long jump world record since records have been kept. His feat earned him the James E. Sullivan Award and BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1991.
Powell again won the long jump silver medal at 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In addition to 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.
Powell competed in the 1992–93 Foot Locker Slam Fest and successfully dunked from the free throw line.
Powell became an analyst for Yahoo! Sports Olympic Track & Field coverage.
At the Simplot Games on February 20, 2015 in an official announcement Powell stated that, at the age of 51, he would jump again in competition. On March 7, 2015 Powell entered the Athletics New Zealand Track and Field Championships, with every jump considered an attempt at the World Masters record. However, Powell sustained an injury in warm up and didn't actually compete. He later stated he will jump again in the future and now he has registered for the WMA in Tampere in July 2022.
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