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African-American Athletes by Nathan Aaseng

By Nathan Aaseng

Athletes have consistently been visible as position versions, as heroes, as proficient people who can entertain and encourage their fanatics with acts of grace, energy, agility, and ability. From ice hockey to trace and box, from tennis to boxing, African american citizens have excelled in each significant recreation. From the past due nineteenth century in the course of the contemporary, the various most useful and famous personalities in specialist and novice activities were African american citizens. African-American Athletes highlights these athletes, women and men, who've competed on the optimum degrees in a single or extra activities and set new criteria of achievement in the event you have them. every one access offers an exhilarating and enlightening biographical profile, targeting the occasions in that person's lifestyles on the topic of his or her accomplishments in activities, by means of an updated additional analyzing checklist on that particular. A normal creation orients the reader to African american citizens in activities, topic indexes record every one athlete by way of date of delivery and via activity, and a normal bibliography lists different assets at the subject. the overall reader, the scholar, and the activities fan will locate the data contained during this e-book interesting and simple to entry

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The finals were held on October 18 under overcast skies under constant threat of rain. Beamon, the fourth jumper of 17 finalists, took off down the runway, thinking of nothing more than getting a legal jump in to start the competition. This time the lanky, six-foot, three-inch Beamon hit the takeoff board perfectly. He climbed into the air, soared for a seemingly impossible length of time, and stretched his legs over the sand pit. Immediately, Beamon knew he had hit an excellent jump, but he had no inkling of what he had just accomplished.

The effort paid off in 1960 when, two weeks before the Olympics, Boston broke JESSE OWENS’s 25-year-old world mark with a leap of 26 feet, 11 1⁄4 inches. At the Rome Olympics, the favored Boston struggled in the early stages of competition. After five rounds he trailed his teammate Bo Roberson’s Brisco-Hooks, Valerie personal best effort of 26 feet, 4 1⁄4 inches, and Igor Ter-Ovanesyan’s mark of 25 feet, 11 inches. On his final attempt, Boston uncorked a jump of 26 feet, 7 3⁄4 inches, which not only earned the gold medal but surpassed Owens’s Olympic record.

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