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  • Dietmar239
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    Originally posted by Per Andersen
    Dietmar, did they show Austin's 2.46 attempts on TV (NBC?). I can't remember .

    I just dug out my T&FN issue from the Olympics (Oct. issue). Sure, Austin took three tries at 2.46 but "Only the first was even reasonably close"

    Austin probably lost his best years between '91 and 96 with his knee problems. He was already 28 in '96.

    Just so we have our ducks in order: Partyka had one miss at 2.39 and then passed to 2.41.
    Ha, nope! NBC showed Partyka's 2.37 monster clearance and Austin's 2.39. They then showed Partyka's final attempt of the competition at 2.41 which was extremely close. I never saw any of Austin's 2.46 jumps from Atlanta. However, I saw all three of his attempts at 2.45 in Zurich and they were even closer than Sjoberg's attempts at 2.44 in NY (89').

    I also feel that Conway, much like Austin, spent his best years injured.

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  • Cooter Brown
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    Originally posted by Per Andersen
    Austin probably lost his best years between '91 and 96 with his knee problems. He was already 28 in '96.
    At home in San Marcos, '95 I think, he nearly left up 8' at a college meet. Was clean until his calves hit it.

    He has a pretty successful personal training business. John Starks of the NY Knicks was one of his first clients back in the day...http://www.sohighsports.com/

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  • Per Andersen
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    Dietmar, did they show Austin's 2.46 attempts on TV (NBC?). I can't remember .

    I just dug out my T&FN issue from the Olympics (Oct. issue). Sure, Austin took three tries at 2.46 but "Only the first was even reasonably close"

    Austin probably lost his best years between '91 and 96 with his knee problems. He was already 28 in '96.

    Just so we have our ducks in order: Partyka had one miss at 2.39 and then passed to 2.41.

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  • Dietmar239
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    Originally posted by Per Andersen
    Originally posted by Dietmar239
    It is interesting to note that Sotomayor, Sjoberg and others never cleared 2.40m in Zurich. Austin was simply on fire at that stage of his career.
    Yes, he was that good. Did unusual and gutsy things. Two misses at 2.37 in Atlanta, then passing his third and clearing 2.39. After that, passing at 2.41 and attempting the WR at 2.46.
    But I have to say that Partyka's terrific clearance at 2.37 was the jump I mostly remember from that competition. I sure thought he had it won after that height.
    Per, I remember that jump very well. Ridiculous clearance by Partyka. I also remember his 3rd attempt at 2.41m. If he had begun his run-up three to four inches closer he would have cleared it cleanly and been the Olympic champ.

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  • Per Andersen
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    Originally posted by Dietmar239
    It is interesting to note that Sotomayor, Sjoberg and others never cleared 2.40m in Zurich. Austin was simply on fire at that stage of his career.
    Yes, he was that good. Did unusual and gutsy things. Two misses at 2.37 in Atlanta, then passing his third and clearing 2.39. After that, passing at 2.41 and attempting the WR at 2.46.
    But I have to say that Partyka's terrific clearance at 2.37 was the jump I mostly remember from that competition. I sure thought he had it won after that height.

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  • Dietmar239
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    It is interesting to note that Sotomayor, Sjoberg and others never cleared 2.40m in Zurich. Austin was simply on fire at that stage of his career.

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  • eldrick
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    bear in mind that the run-up area was likely same material as the rock-hard atlanta track, so maybe good for a coupla cm of extra height compared to any other venue

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  • Dietmar239
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    Originally posted by Per Andersen
    Originally posted by Dietmar239
    The man with THE best attempts at 8' other than Soto (Zurich-91).
    Yeah, and what if he had brought the right sized shoes to Atlanta? He was decent at 2.46, No?
    For sure! Especially with that crowd down there.

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  • Dietmar239
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    Originally posted by marknhj
    Does anyone have video/pictures of those attempts? I don't remember them at all.
    I've got an old VHS at home somewhere with his Zurich attempts. His 2.45m jumps were 'other-worldly'. On two of his attempts, he had the bar cleared cleanly (by a couple inches on one) until his calves hit the bar.

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  • marknhj
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    Does anyone have video/pictures of those attempts? I don't remember them at all.

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  • Per Andersen
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    Originally posted by Dietmar239
    The man with THE best attempts at 8' other than Soto (Zurich-91).
    Yeah, and what if he had brought the right sized shoes to Atlanta? He was decent at 2.46, No?

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  • Dietmar239
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    The man with THE best attempts at 8' other than Soto (Zurich-91).

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  • gm
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    The pride of Van Vleck. Happy birthday, Snake!

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  • Double R Bar
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    Cooter Brown you have the right location and the right answer. Happy birthday today to the 1996 Olympic high jump champion Charles Austin.

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  • andyjgt
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    Tilastopaja also lists a Lithuanian 8.06 long jumper called Arvidas Sabonis as 54 today. This is almost the same name as the basketball player (whose first name is ArvYdas), I looked up the latter on Google/Wikipedia and he indeed also shares Austin's birthday, but is 10 years younger (than the athlete with almost the same name, not Austin).

    What a turn-up - the LJ NR holder at the time (treating Lithuania as a nation, though it was part of the USSR then) and their best-ever basketball player have the same birthday 10 years apart!

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