Ralph Harold Boston

College Career

Tennessee State (1957-1962)


Track and Field Career

• Helms North American Athlete of the Year

• Track and Field News Male Athlete of the Year (’61)

• World record holder, long jump (’60-’68)

• Pan American Games Champion, long jump (’63, ‘67)

• Olympic gold medalist, long jump (’60)

• Olympic silver medalist, long jump (’64)

• Olympic bronze medalist, long jump (’68)

• First Inductee in National Track and Field Hall of Fame

• Opening Ceremony flag-bearer for U.S. Olympic Team at 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA

• Ralph Boston Wellness Center Dedicated Tenn. State Univ. (Nov. 2, 2007)


Did You Know?

Ralph Boston was the first athlete to clear 27 feet in the long jump.

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