It's his teammate Ralph Boston who explains to him that he has jumped something like 29 feet: it's only at that point that Beamon understands the value of his feet and begins to dance and jump, then hug his friend and collapse to his knees. It seems he is hit by a real cataplectic shock - and kisses the ground just a few seconds before a violent storm breaks out and it starts to get cold.
Bob Beamon and a destroyed record
A feat never repeated again
Initially Bob Beamon managed to overcome it, thanks to a quantity of money that he had never even dreamed of having and with which he took away many delights, such as the seven televisions, the thirty-two pairs of shoes and the pink Cadillac that he buys when he returns home, before resuming training for the next Olympic Games.
Bob Beamon graduated, however, in sociology, thus committing himself, for the rest of his career, in the promotion of sport among young people, also working with the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.