Track & Field: Then There Were Three

TRACK & FIELD

The long jump has been the exclusive bag of two men for so long that the event could have been called "The Ralph & Igor Show." Between them since 1960, the U.S.'s Ralph Boston, 28, and Russia's Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, 29, have broken and rebroken the world indoor and outdoor records eleven times, won four Olympic medals and dominated every meet they entered. So imagine the impertinence when a slender, 21-year-old sophomore from the University of Texas at El Paso swiped all the action from his elders.

Eight times so far this season, Bob Beamon has jumped against Boston, and...

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