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Ralph Boston won the 1960 Olympic gold medal in the long jump. © Social Media

Olympic long jump champion Boston dies

The athletics world is mourning the loss of one of its greatest long jumpers. Ralph Boston, 1960 Olympic champion, died on Sunday at the age of 83.

This was announced by the American athletics association USATF. “Our sport has lost a legend with the death of Ralph Boston,” the association wrote on Instagram. Apparently Boston died as a result of a stroke, as his son Todd told the New York Times.


In 1960, Boston broke Jesse Owens' 8,21-year-old world record with a throw of 25 meters. In total, he improved the record in the long jump six times, ultimately reaching 8,35 meters. The record now stands at 8,95 meters, set by Mike Powell in Tokyo in 1991.

In 1964 he won silver at the Summer Games in Tokyo and four years later bronze in Mexico. “I am devastated by the death of Ralph Boston. I idolized him as a child and he was a huge influence in my life. I will miss his voice and support. He changed the game as an athlete, advocate and mentor,” track and field icon Carl Lewis wrote on Twitter.

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