i was watching classic track and this guy broke the word record with a 7' 7" jump but it was the way he was jumping that was so odd. he led with his left arm facing the bar and jumped it over that way, wut ever happened to that method?
Hmmm, that is a puzzler, because Dwight Stones was the first over 7'7 and he has a very orthodox flop style. Are you taliking about a straddle jumper, who goes over on his belly? Or a flop jumper with a left approach, i.e. left arm leads? Pat Matzdorf, 7'6.25, had a bent knee straddle that looked different. The straddle died because of the physics involved, usually less speed in approach, and a different center of gravity over the bar. The flop harnesses more of the jumper's power at takeoff.
Yeah, Yashchenko, 7'8" straddle as a teenager, elsewhere on these posting boards a guy who jumped against him describes Yash as the greatest talent ever, superior to Sotomayor. Injuries and/or high living apparently cut short his career. So, how many straddlers cleared 7'6"? Matzdorf, Ni Chi-Chin and Yashchenko for certain... I dunno who the decathlete in '92 might have been. Did Rolf Bielschmidt get over 7'6"? Brumel came within 1/4 of an inch (and, maybe, a guy named Bill Thierfelder)... and Rey Brown woulda, coulda, shoulda, and Joe Faust had near miss practice jumps at 7'7"... close but no cigar... anyone else who got official straddle clearances above 7'6"?
After Brumel died, I posted the following to the Darkwing chatlist:
<<Anybody out there got a definitive all-time straddlers list? Using what limited resources I had in limited time, I tried to dig up everybody who ever jumped as high or higher than Brumel. It's such an incredibly short
list I figure I must be missing a bunch of obscure Soviets from the early '80s who were still using that by-then-arcane style.
Big D (Dwight Stones) says he *thinks* there were a few more than I have listed here, but he can't come up with any names. Makes Brumel look pretty
damned good, don't it?
Yes, it was Schenk in the '92 Decathlon. Good call guys. I reviewed the tape and they indeed announced his clearance as 7'6". That does not mean they had the height correct of course. How big a man was/is Schenk. He appears to be easily 6'5" or taller. .
Okay, I've got it straight now. Sorry for the misinformation. I watched '88, '92, & '96 trials tapes last night. If only there was a decent movie on I wouldn't spew such non-facts. Schenk set the decathlon high jump world record in the '88 olympics with a jump of 7'5 1/4". They emphasized the fact that he had 3 good attempts at 7'6", thus my confusion. Thanks for setting me straight. To again ask my question: Does anyone know Shenk's height?
What I'd like to know is what happened to all the 2.40 guys? Mogenburg, Sjoberg, the Chinese guy, Sotomayor, Austin ... there were a bunch of guys going for or beating 7-10 in the 80s, but in recent years 7-6 to 7-9 can win most big meets.
Has it been fear of getting caught using? Can't believe this event being as steroid-infested as others.
Man, Dwight's marks would still be winning or showing most of the time, today.
For a few years, there just wasn't enough talent in this event. But things are starting to heat up in the junior ranks. If you looks at the 18-20 year olds, the level of competition is the best we've seen for a LONG time. I strongly believe it will result in people at least getting close to 2.40 on a regular basis in a few years.
And now, I don't believe tougher drug testing are that much of an issue in HJ. Just look at the women - the level of competition at the moment is the best ever. It is just a matter of attracting the people with enough talent to the event.