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Michael ("Mike") Anthony Powell (born November 10 1963) is a former Americanmarker track and field athlete, and the holder of the long jump world record.

Mike Powell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker.

At the 1991 World Championships in Athletics (Tokyomarker), he broke Bob Beamon's 23-year-old long jump world record by 5 cm (2 inches), leaping 8.95 m (29 ft 4½ in). The world record still stands. 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 8.99m set in 1992.

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, who attended Edgewood High School in West Covina, California, went on to attend the University of California, Irvinemarker and later transferred to the University of California at Los Angelesmarker, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.

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.

References

  1. Minshull, Phil (2009-07-07). Mike Powell aims to return to competition. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-23.


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