Long Jump World Records

The standing long jump was a track and field event at the early Olympic Games, and the running long jump has been at all modern summer Olympics.

Standing Long Jump

The standing Long Jump (which is also called the Broad Jump) was held at the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1912. Unlike the conventional athletics long jump event, the standing version does not allow any run up. The jumper must stand at a line marked on the ground with his feet slightly apart. He then takes off from both feet and lands with feet together, swinging his arms and bending his knees to provide forward drive. Nowadays, Norway is the only country where the standing long jump is held as a national championship event. The Norwegian Championships in Standing Jumps (long jump and high jump) has been held in Stange every winter since 1995. See also the Standing Long Jump fitness test.


A past champion in this discipline was Ray Ewry who won the standing long jump (and the standing high jump too) at the Olympics in 1900, 1904, 1906, and 1908. He set a world record for the standing long jump of 3.47m (11.4 ft) on September 3, 1904.

The current world record is held by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag, who jumped 3.71 meters (12' 2.1") in Noresund on 11 November 1968. At the 2015 NFL combine, Byron Jones set a combine record best jump of 12' 3" (3.73m), which may be a new world record.

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Running Long Jump

The running long jump, or commonly known as just the long jump, is a popular track and field event. Bob Beamon world record long jump at the 1968 Olympics (8.90 meters/29 feet, 2.5 inches), achieved at the altitude of Mexico City, was one of the great performances in Olympic history. His record survived until 1991 when the distance was surpassed by both Mike Powell (8.95m) and Carl Lewis (8.91m) in the same competition. The current world record for women is 7.52m (24' 8.1") by Galina Chistyakova (URS) achieved in Leningrad in 1988.

Men's World Record Progression

7.61 (24' 11.6") Peter O'Connor (Ireland) 1901
7.69 Edwin Gourdin (USA) 1923
7.76 Robert LeGendre (USA) 1924
7.89 William DeHart Hubbard (USA) 1925
7.90 Edward Hamm (USA) 1928
7.93 Sylvio Cator (Haiti) 1928
7.98 Chuhei Nambu (Japan) 1931
8.13 (26' 8.1") Jesse Owens (USA) 1935
8.21 Ralph Boston (USA) 1960
8.24 Ralph Boston (USA) 1961
8.28 Ralph Boston (USA) 1961
8.31 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (Ukraine, Soviet Union) 1962
8.31 Ralph Boston (USA) 1964
8.34 Ralph Boston (USA) 1964
8.35 Ralph Boston (USA) 1965
8.35 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (URS) 1967
8.90 Bob Beamon (USA) 1968
8.95 (29' 4.4") Mike Powell (USA) Tokyo 1991


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