Almost Twenty years on.. it is still the best showdown in long jump ever. Two athletes at the peak of their powers and fuelled by an intense rivalry. Carl Lewis , the champion , undefeated in Long Jump for almost a decade and widely believed to be the only person who could have broken Bob Beamons’ record. Mike Powell, a steady challenger who had consistently come up short against Carl Lewis So far. Thus was set the stage to a showdown that produced 4 of the top 6 longest Jump in the History of the sport.
Carl Lewis ended with with the best Six-Jump series in History of Long Jump while Mike Powell ended the decade long winning streak and the world record – 23 years after Bob Beamon had set it.