Gene Bane ©Stars and StripesRome, August, 1960: U.S. long jumper Ralph Boston, right, talks to Jesse Owens — whose 25-year-old world record Boston had recently broken — at a training facility in Rome before the Olympic Games. Boston's record jump of 26-11¼, just over three inches better than Owens' 26-8 from 1935, set the stage for a gold-medal effort in the Olympics — again putting him in the esteemed company of Owens, who won four golds at the Berlin games in 1936.

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