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  • jhc68
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    Published by N.U.T.S ! Ya gotta like that organization!

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  • Olegi2
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    A Mike Campbell cleared 2.00m for the first time on 23.9.67, the seventh Brit to do so, and a Mike Campbell cleared 2.08m on 6.8.71

    These stats are taken from a "Statistical Survey of British Jumping" published by N.U.T.S

    He ( they?) don't otherwise appear on the All-time list

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  • SQUACKEE
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    Originally posted by Daisy
    Did anyone consider he might not even be British? Faking his accent to impress his San Diego clientele. .
    It never occured to me that anyone would even consider pretending to be British. :P

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  • Daisy
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    Originally posted by Jon
    Campbell won the BUSA title three years on the trot from 1964-1966:
    http://www.gbrathletics.com/bc/busa.htm
    And his record was 1.93m

    Interestingly a "Garry Hill" won with 1.96m in the early seventies.

    In summary it sounds like his story has grown similar to fisherman's tales.

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  • Jon
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    Originally posted by Daisy
    Interestingly there is a slightly different version here:
    http://web.mac.com/michaelcampbellphoto/Site/Bio.html

    "Michael also loved sports and played cricket for the England under 21 team at school and for British Universities, while at Leicester University he became the British high jump champion and record holder. He was captain of the British Team in the World Student Games."

    Now this could be interpreted (generously) as he won the British Universities with a record jump. That is not out of the question as British universities were and probably still are a pretty low standard (definitely not comparable to NCAA). Maybe this story has just morphed as the years of telling go by.

    World student games to Olympics, BUSF champion to British champion etc.
    According to GBR Athletics, Campbell won the BUSA title three years on the trot from 1964-1966:
    http://www.gbrathletics.com/bc/busa.htm
    Seeing as the BUSA champs only started in 1963, it wasn't really all that difficult to 'break' the competition record. He probably competed internationally for some sort of British Universities team, but it seem there aren't any sources to back his claim of him breaking national records and/or being an Olympian.

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  • mrbowie
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    This is the kind of guy that spots UFOs.

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  • jhc68
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    Zoom in on the standard in the first photo, next to the guy in the background. There are two places where both the standard and the background scene get very distorted and blurry. If I were cynical I'd think the photo had been doctored.

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  • jhc68
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    Yeah, Campbell seems to have two websites with significantly different athletic resumes on each one: http://web.mac.com/michaelcampbellphoto/Site/Bio.html

    and

    http://michaelcampbellphotographics.com ... pbell.html

    To be fair, maybe the more fantastic one was done for him by some nimrod who did not know the difference between a league record and a national record. And I have no idea who posted the claims regarding the jump photos on the two websites. It might be interesting to hear his first hand accounts.

    As for the photos, they do seem odd to my untrained eye. Neither has a view of the bottom of the standards and the guy in the background does seem very far away and very far below! If the second photo is actually a bar set at 7'5" then Campbell is really flying... but - like marknhj - I couldn't find any competition results within a foot of the apparent ht. he is achieving in the photo.

    Stranger things have happened, I guess, but I can't think of what exactly it might be.

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  • Daisy
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    Interestingly there is a slightly different version here:
    http://web.mac.com/michaelcampbellphoto/Site/Bio.html

    "Michael also loved sports and played cricket for the England under 21 team at school and for British Universities, while at Leicester University he became the British high jump champion and record holder. He was captain of the British Team in the World Student Games."

    Now this could be interpreted (generously) as he won the British Universities with a record jump. That is not out of the question as British universities were and probably still are a pretty low standard (definitely not comparable to NCAA). Maybe this story has just morphed as the years of telling go by.

    World student games to Olympics, BUSF champion to British champion etc.

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  • dukehjsteve
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    We have unmasked a fair number of "phonies" via this Board in the last few years, some even more blatant than this one. It would be "interesting" to hear his side, if he has one.

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  • Daisy
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    Originally posted by marknhj
    They're blatant fakes. Look at the upright on the third jump. That bar is very high but the grove in the upright only appears in the top section. In the first one the roller doesn't look real and the spectator with the camera must be a midget...

    I'm tempted to email him and ask for an explanation...
    Given he claims expertise in faking photographs we should not be too surprised. That he is good at doctoring photos may well be his only legitimate claim.

    Did anyone considerhe might not even be British? Faking his accent to impress his San Diego clientele. I'm surprised he does not claim to be Lord Snowdon.

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  • marknhj
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    Originally posted by jhc68
    Campbell's photos that purport to be practice jumps at seven-four and seven-five are on a French jump site: http://jump.and.feel.free.fr that is sometimes fussy to load.

    Click on the photo options on the homepage and scroll down to find Campbell's name and some photo icons with claimed hts. in text next to them. (For some reason a pic that appears to be Brumel is also included in this section.) The same photos used to be posted on Joe Faust's now defunct high jump page with assertions in English that they represented practice tries at the same hts.
    They're blatant fakes. Look at the upright on the third jump. That bar is very high but the grove in the upright only appears in the top section. In the first one the roller doesn't look real and the spectator with the camera must be a midget...

    I'm tempted to email him and ask for an explanation...

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  • jhc68
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    Campbell's photos that purport to be practice jumps at seven-four and seven-five are on a French jump site: http://jump.and.feel.free.fr that is sometimes fussy to load.

    Click on the photo options on the homepage and scroll down to find Campbell's name and some photo icons with claimed hts. in text next to them. (For some reason a pic that appears to be Brumel is also included in this section.) The same photos used to be posted on Joe Faust's now defunct high jump page with assertions in English that they represented practice tries at the same hts.

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  • kuha
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    "Using new state of the art digital technology, Campbell puts his subjects wherever they’d like to be."

    He's now a photographer. The above may be a key sentence from his webpage: he appears to have applied a virtual form of "digital reconstruction" or enhancement to his own biography....

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  • eldrick
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    Re: Hey, marknhj... what do you know about Michael Campbell?

    Originally posted by jhc68
    ...Is this story one to be believed?
    his fending off tiger to win the USOpen makes all those accomplishments pale into insignificance

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