Breaking the Record: 100 Years of Olympic History

Breaking the Record: 100 Years of Olympic History

Men's Fitness rewinds Olympic history nearly 100 years. The results? Staggering improvements in race times.

Long Jump

1912:Albert Gutterson, USA, 7.6 meters

2008:Irving Saladino, Panama, 8.34 meters

Albert Gutterson launched his body almost 25 feet to win the long jump in 1912. Today, jumpers easily clear 27 feet, and the world record stands over 29 feet. One hundred years from now, Olympians may be jumping 10 yards at a clip, like they're leaping over a puddle in the street.


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