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He had lost his scholarship at Texas El-Paso for participating, with other blacks, in a boycott of a meet against Brigham Young, a Mormon school whose racial policies disturbed them. Beamon's defenders point out that the other competitors, which included the world record co-holders, had the same factors going for them and they didn't jump close to Beamon.
Still, the criticism bothered the sensitive Beamon.
Of all Olympic records, none is as impressive as the one Beamon stunningly set Oct. Jesse Owens had set a record of 26-8¼ in 1935 that had held up for 25 years. When he was an infant, his mother died from tuberculosis.
But from 1960 to 1967, the record was broken or tied eight times by Boston or Ter-Ovanesyan -- yet it had climbed just 8½ inches. Her death left a void he found difficult replacing.
He barely competed between 1970 and '72, saying he had a consistent leg injury.
He went back to college, at Adelphi, and graduated with a degree in sociology in 1972.
He wasn't thrilled by life there, and after his grandmother died he transferred to Texas-El Paso, a growing track power. I got a good sleep." On his record jump, Beamon got terrific speed on his approach, stretched out his last step to the board, and got his feet together when he landed.
Earlier Michael Rimmer progressed through to Friday's 800m semi at 1930 BST after coming third in his heat.
Britain's Mo Farah also came through his 5,000m heat with no problems to make Sunday's final at 1525 BST.
Britain's Steve Lewis also made it into Saturday's final of the men's pole vault, although Luke Cutts missed out.
Lewis progressed through to the final despite suffering a broken pole midway through qualifying.
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