As of today, visitors to Laeken, adjacent to Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium, have the permanent opportunity to compare themselves with the 8.95m long jump world record of USA’s Mike Powell.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a world record breaker?
Powell’s leap, the current world record, which turned 30 years old earlier this week (30 Aug), was set in an epic competition with Carl Lewis at the 1991 World Athletics Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
‘August 30, 1991, Tokyo’
This afternoon Ans Persoons, Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, and Benoit Hellings, First Deputy Mayor for Climate & Sports, on behalf of Philippe Close, Mayor of the City of Brussels, officially inaugurated ‘August 30, 1991, Tokyo’, a new sculpture in Brussels, at the crossroads of art and sport. In attendance were Powell and the sculptor Pierre Larauza.
The giant artwork, which is a permanent installation, represents the take-off and, at the exact heights and positions of his shoes, the length of Powell’s historic travel through the Tokyo night sky, and his touchdown in the landing pit at 8.95m.
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS