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  • Speed and high jump

    How well does speed translate or transfer into the upward motion of the high jump? What kind of speed do the better high jumpers have through maybe 60 meters? or 100 meters? Is speed more important to the shorter(in height) high jumpers?

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    Re: Speed and high jump

    Speed applies in two ways. The muscular requirements of sprinting and jumping are very close, there being a high a high correlation between raw speed and raw jumping ability. Plus the more controllable speed (horizontal velocity) one can bring to the HJ takeoff, the more lift (vertical velocity) one can generate. All that said, more speed does not always translate into more height. In Dwight's day they make a distinction between a speed flopper and a power flopper. There was a guy named Noji I believe, not very tall, who sprinted into the takeoff, had a big arc and still made around 7'7 (don't have any facts before me). Others appear to jog to the bar and drive straight up.

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      Re: Speed and high jump

      Rick Noji was one of the fastest high jumpers in the world, jumping 2.31 (7-7) in Feb 92. He was also one of the shortest, standing only 5-8 (1.73). Rick made very efficient use of his speed, particularly when making the turn (the J) towards the bar.

      Rick was also a 10.5h sprinter. If you can ever find it, there's a photo of him in Sports Illustrated (I believe winter 1988) in which he's running against Ben Johnson in an indoor race in Vancouver Canada.

      China's Zhu Jianhua was also another fast high jumper.

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        Re: Speed and high jump

        I remember seeing Dwight Stones throw down a 49 second relay leg, too.

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          Re: Speed and high jump

          whatever!

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            Re: Speed and high jump

            Yeah, Stones did run some respectable relay legs at LB State. Going way back, didn't John Dobroth run some 800's well under 2 minutes during the period when he was regularly jumping 7 feet? Not a speedster, but an unusual combination.

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              Re: Speed and high jump

              One must also consider power to weight ratio. Rick Noji was also 120lbs max when he made his first clearance at 7'5" in Mexico City. That week end he also ran 50. split in the 4 x 400 after triple jumping 46+ and 4x 100. he ONLY long jumped 23+ that wame weekend. Speed was very apparent in those performances.

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