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The High Jump World Record Is How Old?

Javier Sotomayor, The Best High Jumper In The World.

Imagine investing your life into working out in order to chase the high jump world record. Year-after-year, you practice. Weightlifting. Coaching. Running. Sweat and pain. Day-after-day until you become a master.

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High Jump Approach Importance

High Jump Approach Importance, About 90%.

The high jump approach importance is almost everything. When you get the approach run right, 90% of the high jump work is complete.  While your hips clear the crossbar, know the effort came from the approach.  Furthermore, immediately upon feeling the high jump pit hit the back of your neck, notice the effort came from the approach. Finally, after you leap into the air in celebration, appreciate the effort came from the approach! Continue reading “High Jump Approach Importance”

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Brumel, Valery: High Jumper Spotlight

Brumel: Godfather Of The Straddle Technique


Valery Brumel captivated even the enemies of his native country, the dreaded Soviet Union. My family, for example, celebrated American independence and liberty heroicly. But my father always talked about the battles between John Thomas and Brumel passionately and even celebrated Brumel.

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The High Jump Record Will Be Broken

Vladimir Yashchenko Proved The High Jump Record Should Be Higher.


Most high jump experts believe the high jump record is unbreakable. After all, it’s stood firm since 1993, 25 years ago. Javier Sotomayor set the seemingly unattainable high jump record of 8’½” (2.45m) in Spain. Continue reading “The High Jump Record Will Be Broken”

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Greatest High Jump Coach Around


Greatest High Jump Coach: Cliff Rovelto.


The greatest high jump coach according to many is Cliff Rovelto.

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Track Spikes: Shoes That Make You Jump Higher

Track Spikes: Which Shoe Is Your Favorite?


ASICS Men’s High Jump Pro.


This shoe looks like the real deal. Furthermore, I like how it has a small, thin, strap over the laces. So many track spikes these days have the big floppy strap. A big strap looks like more fabric to get over the bar. Particularly, this shoe is only one color scheme so you can’t match your school colors. You also get two shoes but it only markets the left shoe for jumping; confusing? Reviews are positive with the usual inconsistent notes. Shoe weight is 8.7oz and cost is around $120 for a new pair.

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Dave Wottle: From Last To First!

Dave Wottle – A Hero Story.

Dave Wottle
Dave Wottle

Dave Wottle spends the entire 800m race in last place. Then, unexpectedly, with lunging competitors at the end, he wins the race!

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