Laurel native, Olympic champion Ralph Boston dies at 83

Ralph Boston, Olympic long jump champion, dies at 83
Ralph Boston, Olympic long jump champion, dies at 83
Published: May. 1, 2023 at 11:05 PM CDT
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LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - Laurel native and Olympic champion Ralph Boston passed away over the weekend. He was 83 years old.

Boston broke Jesse Owens’ world record in the long jump and then won the Olympic title. He would later win silver and bronze at the next two Olympics.

Boston was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.

Condolences came in from people all over the sports world today including Olympic great Carl Lewis, who said he idolized Boston as a child.

Ralph Boston Park in Laurel ensures his legacy lives on in his hometown.

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