Ralph Boston dies

Ralph Boston, who smashed men’s long record in the 1960 Rome Olypmics, died Sunday following complications dues to stoke at his home in Peachtree City, Georgia. He was 83.

In the 1960 Rome Olympics, he made history by breaking the long-jump record previously set by Jesse Owens with a distance of 26 feet 7 1/2 inches.

Boston, who hailed from Laurel, Mississippi, also won a silver medal in Tokyo and a bronze medal in Mexico City.