Bob Beamon was so amazed at his record-smashing long jump at the 1968 Mexico City Games, he had a cataplectic seizure. On what has since been named the Leap of the Century, Beamon broke the world record by 21 3/4 inches. The American's jump of 29 feet, 2.5 inches actually outdistanced the measurement equipment set up for the Games. It took over 20 minutes to find the right equipment so they could judge his leap accurately. Upon learning the distance he accomplished, Bob broke down and fell into a seizure because he was so overwhelmed by emotion. Beamon's achievement is all the more extraordinary when you realize it's the oldest Olympic record still standing.

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