Larry Myricks
Personal information
Born (1956-03-10) March 10, 1956 (age 68)
Clinton, Mississippi, U.S.
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul Long jump
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Rome Long jump
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Tokyo Long jump
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1979 Montreal Long jump
Gold medal – first place 1989 Barcelona Long jump
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis Long jump
Gold medal – first place 1989 Budapest Long jump
Goodwill Games
Silver medal – second place 1986 Moscow Long jump
Liberty Bell Classic
Gold medal – first place 1980 Philadelphia Long jump

Larry Myricks (born 10 March 1956) is an American former track and field athlete, who mainly competed in the long jump event. He is a two-time winner of the World Indoor Championships (1987, 1989) and a two-time winner of the World Cup (1979, 1989). He also won a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and bronze medals at the World Championships in 1987 and 1991.


Myricks was born in Clinton, Mississippi. A durable jumper, he first broke onto the track scene in 1976. While competing for Mississippi College, he was the NCAA Champion in the long jump.[1] He followed that with a second place at the U.S. Olympic Trials, beating defending Olympic champion Randy Williams in the process. At the 1976 Olympics, he broke his foot while warming up for the final and was unable to compete. His teammates Arnie Robinson and Williams finished 1 and 2. The three American jumpers had been easily the top three jumpers in qualifying.

In 1979, he again won the NCAA Championship, this time both indoors and outdoors.[1] He was also the US National Champion (27–2), and World Cup Champion (8.52 m). He repeated as U.S. national champion in 1980 and in 1989.

Myricks competed for the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea, where he won the bronze medal in the men's long jump competition. In addition to the 1976 Olympics, he won the 1980 Olympic Trials (over a young Carl Lewis), but the team did not get to go to the Olympics due to the multinational boycott. As consolation, he received one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created specifically for the athletes.[2] Myricks finished second to Lewis in the 1984 Olympic Trials.[3] He finished fourth in the Olympics that year.

He set his personal best of 8.74 m (28' 8") in the long jump at the 1988 Olympic Trials. That jump still ranks Myricks as the number 5 long jumper ever.[4] It was the trials record, for a few minutes, until surpassed by Carl Lewis. After qualifying for four straight Olympic teams, Myricks returned in 1992 as a 36-year-old to a fifth Olympic Trials, finishing in seventh place.[3]

Myricks was the third-place jumper at the 1991 World Championships when Lewis and Mike Powell were fighting over the world record, what many consider the greatest long jump competition ever.

Based on a statistical comparison of 8.16 meters, Myricks had more competitions (170) over that mark than any other competitor. Moving that comparison to 8.50 m, he ranks second (17) to Carl Lewis (39) (as of 1996; since 1996, only 9 jumpers have jumped 8.50[4]).[3] Myricks' last 8.50 in 1991, at the age of 35, is tied with Lewis' mark from the 1996 Olympics as the M35 Masters World Record.[5]

He was also a masterful 200 m sprinter, with a best of 20.03 s at the US National Championships in 1983 behind his nemesis Carl Lewis, who along with Mike Powell overshadowed him for most of his career. Myricks ran the 200 at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics. He won the U.S. nationals in the 200 meters in 1988.

Myricks is also a graduate of Mississippi College. He was coached there by Joe Walker (now at Ole Miss).

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 3rd (q) Long jump 7.92 m (q)1
1979 World Cup Rome, Italy 1st Long jump 8.52 m
1980 Liberty Bell Classic Philadelphia, United States 1st Long jump 8.20 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 34th (h) 200 m 21.74
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 4th Long jump 8.16 m
1985 Grand Prix Final Rome, Italy 2nd Long jump 8.22 m
1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union 2nd Long jump 8.41 m
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 1st Long jump 8.23 m
Pan American Games Indianapolis, United States 2nd Long jump 8.58 m (w)
World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd Long jump 8.33 m
Grand Prix Final Brussels, Belgium 3rd Long jump 8.06 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd Long jump 8.27 m
1989 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Long jump 8.37 m
World Cup Barcelona, Spain 1st Long jump 8.29 m
Grand Prix Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st Long jump 8.54 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd Long jump 8.42 m
Grand Prix Final Barcelona, Spain 2nd Long jump 8.06 m


  1. ^ a b Ralph Hickok (2011-06-29). "History - NCAA Men's Division I Outdoor Track 3". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
  2. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry (2008). Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  3. ^ a b c [bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ a b "0 Toplists lj m - o". Retrieved 2011-09-11.
  5. ^ "Records Outdoor Men". 2011-06-28. Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
Sporting positions Preceded by Nenad Stekić Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance 1979 Succeeded by Lutz Dombrowski Preceded by Carl Lewis Men's Long Jump Best Year Performance 1989 Succeeded by Mike Powell