The Complete Guide of Long Jump Statistics

This article was guest posted by Ian Graham.

We co-wrote a previous article titled Will Richard Kilty Break 10 Seconds? 

Ian also wrote Michael Johnson Deep Dive, an in depth look at MJ’s performances and splits.

MENS LONG JUMP STATISTICS

Carl Lewis

By Ian Graham

Below I’ve detailed several stats on the men’s long jump. In a future installment I will so the same for the women’s long jump event. I used www.iaaf.org and www.all-athletics.com to compile these stats.

List of Men’s Long Jump World Records

World Record: 8.95m Mike Powell USA (1991, Tokyo, Japan)

World Record Indoors: 8.79m Carl Lewis USA (1984, New York, USA)

World Record M35: 8.50m Carl Lewis USA (1996, Atlanta, USA)

World Record M35: 8.50m Larry Myricks USA (1991, New York, USA)

World Junior Record: 8.35m Sergey Morgunov RUSSIA (2012, Cheboksary, Russia)

World Youth Record: 8.25m Luis Bueno CUBA (1986, Havana, Cuba)

List of Men’s Long Jump European Records

European Record: 8.86m Robert Emmiyan URS (1987, Tsakhkadzar, Armenia)

European Record Indoors: 8.71m Sebastian Bayer GERMANY (2009, Torino, Italy)

European Record M35: 8.12m Nenad Stekic SERBIA (1986, Grosetto, Italy)

European Junior Record: 8.35m Sergey Morgunov RUSSIA (2012, Cheboksary, Russia)

European Youth Record: 8.12m (indoors) Viktor Kuznyetsov UKRAINE (2003, Brovary, Ukraine)

Number of 8.50m Long Jumpers in History

23 Men over 8.50m (21 outdoors and 02 indoors)
11 USA (07 in the all time top 12)
06 EUROPE (02 in the all time top 12)
02 CUBA (Ivan Pedroso and Jaime Jefferson)
01 PANAMA (Irving Saladino)
01 JAMAICA (James Beckford)
01 AUSTRALIA (Mitchell Watt)
01 SOUTH AFRICA (Godfrey Mokoena)
Only 3 men have PBs of over 8.50m both indoors and outdoors. They are…
Carl Lewis (8.87m and 8.79m) USA
Ivan Pedroso (8.71m and 8.62m) CUBA
Yago Lamela (8.56m and 8.56m) SPAIN

20 Junior athletes have jumped 8.20m or better, based on the IAAF outdoor junior all time lists. Those 20 jumps were achieved between 1972 – 2012 (40 year period), with the WJR of 8.35m by the Russian athlete Sergey Morgunov happening most recently in 2012.

7 Long Jumps of 8.90m or better

Mike Powell, USA, the current long jump world record holder and longest jumper of all time with 8.95m (8.99m wind-aided) has actually jumped over 8.90m 4 times. Three of them jumps were wind assisted jumps (wind over the +2.0m/s limit).

8.99m +4.4m/s and at altitude. Sestriere, Italy, 1992

8.95m +3.9m/s and at altitude. Sestriere, Italy, 1992

8.90m +3.7m/s in Modesto, California, USA, 1992

All other 8.90m plus jumps were achieved by…

Ivan Pedroso, CUBA, 8.96m +1.2m/s 1995 at altitude in Sestriere, Italy.*

Carl Lewis, USA, 8.91m + 3.0m/s 1991 in Tokyo, Japan

Bob Beamon, USA, 8.90m +2.0m/s in 1968 at altitude in Mexico City, Mexico

In total there has been 7 recorded jumps of 8.90m or better.

* The 8.96m jump by Ivan Pedroso back in 1995 in Sestriere, Italy wasn’t given as a world record as an official was obstructing the wind gauge on the infield.

Carl Lewis Long Jump Statistics!

Love him or hate him, here are his stats:

  • 8.79m World Indoor Record Holder
  • 8.50m World Record Holder (M35 Age Group)
  • 8.62m World Record Holder (19 Year Old Age Group)
  • 2 World Championship Long Jump Gold Medals (1983, 1987)
  • 4 Olympic Games Long Jump Gold Medals (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
  • 7 Jumps of 8.50m or better indoors
  • 8 Wind-legal jumps of 8.70m or better outdoors
  • 8 Wind-assisted jumps of 8.70m or better outdoors
  • 12 Wind-assisted jumps of 8.50m or better
  • 32 Wind-legal jumps of 8.50m or better.
  • 51 Jumps in total over 8.50m (indoors, outdoors, wind-legal and wind-aided)

Potentially Carl may have more 8.50m jumps than this, but I am simply going off what statistics I have currently got access to, using the IAAF and ALL ATHLETICS websites.

Carl had a 10 year long jump winning streak. It took a world record by Mike Powell to beat him and end that winning streak back in 1991 at the world championships in Tokyo, Japan.

Carl not only produced many of the greatest jumps of all time, but he also had the greatest long jump series ever. At the 1987 Mt. Sac relays he produced six jumps over 8.60m (28′ 3”). Here’s how he jumped in each round of that competition…

  • Round 1: 8.64m
  • Round 2: 8.66m
  • Round 3: 8.62m
  • Round 4: 8.77m
  • Round 5: 8.66m
  • Round 6: 8.66m

Here’s the video (YouTube link):

Jumpers With The Most 8.50m “Wind Legal” Season Bests!

  • 1. Carl Lewis (USA) 13 Seasons (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996)
  • 2. Larry Myricks (USA) 8 Seasons (1979, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991)
  • 3. Mike Powell (USA) 6 Seasons (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
  • 4. Ivan Pedroso (CUBA) 6 Seasons (1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • 5. Irving Saladino (PANAMA) 4 Seasons (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 6. James Beckford (JAMAICA) 4 Seasons (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
  • 7. Dwight Phillips (USA) 3 Seasons (2004, 2005, 2009)
  • 8. Erick Walder (USA) 3 Seasons (1993, 1994, 1996)
  • 9. Robert Emmiyan (ARMENIA) 2 Seasons (1986, 1987)
  • 10. Bob Beamon (USA) 1 Season (1968 – WR 8.90m)
  • 11. Sebastian Bayer (GERMANY) 1 Season (2009 – Indoors)
  • 12. Kareem Streete Thompson (USA) 2 Seasons (1994, 1995)
  • 13. Yago Lamela (SPAIN) 2 Seasons (1999, 2003)
  • 14. Lutz Dombrowski (GERMANY) 2 Seasons (1980, 1984)
  • 15. Jaime Jefferson (CUBA) 2 Seasons (1987, 1990)
  • 16. Louis Tsatoumas (GREECE) 1 Season (2007)
  • 17. Miguel Pate (USA) 1 Season (2002 – Indoors)
  • 18. Alexsandr Menkov (RUSSIA) 1 Season (2013)
  • 19. Mitchell Watt (AUSTRALIA) 1 Season (2011)
  • 20. Savante Stringfellow (USA) 1 Season (2002)
  • 21. Roland McGhee (USA) 1 Season (1995)
  • 22. Godfrey Mokoena (SOUTH AFRICA) 1 Season (2009)
  • 23. Llewellyn Starks (USA) Season (1991)

Jumpers With The Most 8.70m “Wind Legal” Season Bests!

  • 1. Carl Lewis (USA) 6 Seasons (1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988,1991)
  • 2. Mike Powell (USA) 2 Seasons (1991, 1993)
  • 3. Larry Myricks (USA) 2 Seasons (1988, 1989)
  • 4. Bob Beamon (USA) 1 Season (1968)
  • 5. Robert Emmiyan (ARMENIA) 1 Season (1987)
  • 6. Dwight Phillips (USA) 1 Season (2009)
  • 7. Erick Walder (USA) 1 Season (1994)
  • 8. Irving Saladino (PANAMA) 1 Season (2008)
  • 9. Ivan Pedroso (CUBA) 1 Season (1995)
  • 10. Sebastian Bayer (GERMANY) 1 Season (2009 – Indoors)

8.00m Jumpers You May Not Know About!

  • Leroy Burrell (100m Sprinter – 9.85) 8.37m in 1989 (NCAA Indoor LJ Champion in 1989)
  • Bruny Surin (100m Sprinter – 9.84) 8.03m in 1987 (8.19m wind-assisted in 1988)
  • Darvis Patton (100m Sprinter – 9.88) 8.12m in 2001 (8.40m wind-assisted in 2002)
  • Anthuan Maybank (400m Sprinter – 44.15) 8.25m in 1995 (8.40m wind-assisted in 1993)
  • Allen Johnson (110m Hurdler – 12.92) 8.14m in 1993

8.00m Jumpers With Sub 10.00 Second 100m Personal Bests!

  • Carl Lewis USA, 8.87m and 9.86 for 100m
  • Kareem Streete Thompson USA, 8.63m and 9.96 for 100m
  • Ngonidzashe Mokusha ZIM, 8.40m and 9.89 for 100m
  • Leroy Burrell USA, 8.37m and 9.85 for 100m
  • Darvis Patton, USA, 8.12m and 9.88 for 100m
  • Bruny Surin, CAN, 8.03m and 9.84 for 100m

8.00m Jumpers With Sisters Who Have Jumped Over 7.00m!

  • 1. Carl Lewis (8.87m – 1991, Tokyo) and Carol Lewis (7.04m – 1985, Zurich)
  • 2. Leroy Burrell (8.37m – 1989, Utah) and Dawn Burrell (7.03m – 2001, Lisboa)

Decathletes With 8.00m Plus Personal Bests!

  • 1. Ashton Eaton USA 8.23m (2012)
  • 2. Roman Serble CZECH REPUBLIC 8.11m (2001)
  • 3. Erki Nool ESTONIA 8.10m (1995)
  • 4. Dan O’Brien USA 8.08m (1992)
  • 5. Tomas Dvorak CZECH REPUBLIC 8.07m (2001)
  • 6. Frank Buseman GERMANY 8.07m (1996)
  • 7. Dmitriy Karpov KAZAKHSTAN 8.05m (2002)
  • 8. Michael Schrader GERMANY 8.05m (2009)
  • 9. Torsten Voss GDR 8.02m (1984)
  • 10. Robert Zmelik CZECH REPUBLIC 8.02m (1992)
  • 11. Daley Thompson GREAT BRITAIN 8.01m (1984)
  • 12. Chris Huffins USA 8.01m (1993)
  • 13. Jon Arnar Magnussan ICELAND 8.00m (1994)

Links of interest…

Mens all time best performances – wind-legal jumps

http://www.alltime-athletics.com/mlongok.htm

Mens all time best performances – wind-aided jumps

http://www.alltime-athletics.com/mlongno.htm

European age group best performances

http://statistics.homepage.t-online.de/a.htm

World age group best performances

http://age-records.125mb.com/

World youth long jump all-time list

http://www.iaaf.org/records/toplists/jumps/long-jump/outdoor/men/youth

World junior long jump all-time list

http://www.iaaf.org/records/toplists/jumps/long-jump/outdoor/men/junior

World senior long jump all-time list – outdoors

http://www.iaaf.org/records/toplists/jumps/long-jump/outdoor/men/senior

World senior long jump all-time list – indoors

http://www.iaaf.org/records/toplists/jumps/long-jump/indoor/men/senior

European long jump all-time list – outdoors and indoors

http://www.european-athletics.org/records/all-time.html

  • Many thanks for this comprehensive statistics.
    I consider myself a maniac in long jump (statistics), but here I learned a lot of new things and details.
    Excellent job! This page must be included in the long jump history (archives).