SEATTLE (AP) - Forty years later, Phillip K. Shinnick
record.USA Track and Field decided that Shinnick's long jump of 27 feet four inches (8.33 metres) in 1963 was a record, after all. Shinnick was a student at the University of Washington when his jump on May 25, 1963, in the California Relays at Modesto, Calif., was three-quarters of an inch more than the world record.
Until now, however, his
claim on the record was rejected because no wind gauge was used, although meet officials, athletes, journalists and others who were present denied that the leap was assisted in any way. Shinnick, 60, a doctor specializing in alternative medicine as director of the Research Institute of Global Physiology, Behaviour 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. Shinnick
would present the USATF findings to the International Amateur Athletics Federation
and ask that his
jump be considered a former world record as he