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Arnie Robinson

Inducted: 2000, athlete

Born: April 7, 1948 - San Diego, California

Long Jump - 8.35 m

The 1970 NCAA long jump champion while at San Diego State, Arnie Robinson achieved his greatest fame in his post-college years. A winner of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Trials long jump, Robinson was third at the 1972 Olympic Games and took the gold medal in 1976. He was the 1971 Pan American Games champion and was second in 1975. A veteran of 10 international competitions, Robinson was also the first World Cup long jump champion in 1977. Overall, he won seven national long jump titles, six of them outdoors. From 1976 to 1978, he was the top-ranked long jumper in the world with a career best of 27' 4 3/4" in 1976. He retired after the 1979 season but maintained his interest in the sport and became a successful coach at Mesa Junior College beginning in 1982. Robinson was seriously injured in an auto accident on August 19, 2000, but recovered to become coach of the jumpers at the 2003 World Championships.

1972 Olympics: Long Jump (3rd)
1976 Olympics: Long Jump (1st)
1977 World Cup: Long Jump (1st)
1971 Pan-Am Games: Long Jump (1st)
1975 Pan-Am Games: Long Jump (2nd)
1970 NCAA: Long Jump (1st)

high school: Morse (San Diego, California)
junior college: San Diego Mesa College
undergraduate: San Diego State (San Diego, California), 1971


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