SEATTLE - A long jump of 27 feet, 4 inches by Phillip K. Shinnick of the University of Washington in 1963 was a U.S. record at the time after all, United States of America Track and Field has decided.Shinnick, 60, a doctor specializing in alternative medicine as director of the Research Institute of Global Physiology, Behavior and Treatment in New York, was informed of the change after the track group's annual meeting last weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
"For me, it was just finding a peace of mind," Shinnick
told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
by telephone on Monday.His
jump on May 25, 1963, in the California Relays at Modesto, Calif., was three-quarter of an inch more than the world record at the time.Until now, however, his
claim on a record was rejected because no wind gauge was in use, although meet officials, athletes, journalists and others who were present denied that the leap was assisted in any way.Shinnick
, a native of Spokane, said he
would present the USATF findings to the International Amateur Athletics Federation
and ask that his
jump be considered a former world record as he
has always maintained.