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  • One-legged HJer clearing 1.92m without aid from prosthesis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FoUNuTGFzg

    That makes me wonder what a top normal athlete could do with this technique - which seems be able to utilize the speed from running-up to the maximum and yet pull the body over the bar well above the centre of gravity.

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    As I mentioned on another thread, this "straight dive " looks exactly like what Bob Avant used in 1961 when he jumped 7 feet ( 2.13+) to win the US national title.

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    • #3
      Steve's right. Avant's technique in the air is virtually identical. Watch the California State Meet video linked on the other thread.

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      • #4
        Arnie Boldt (Canada), a one-legged high-jumper set the outdoor WR with 2.04 and the indoor WR with 2.08 in 1981

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        • #5
          I was never ever a high jumper but one day in HS I did that technique while a friend was practicing and cleared 6'1". I called my technique "The Fluke".

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          • #6
            It's not that amazing

            Take an athletic young man who happens to have lost a leg in an accident. If that man decides that instead of using crutches or a wheelchair, he wants to walk by hopping on his good leg, that leg will become very strong. Then he teaches himself some technique, and the result is a 6-foot plus high jumper. There are more of these than you think.

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            • #7
              Re: It's not that amazing

              Originally posted by noone
              Take an athletic young man who happens to have lost a leg in an accident. If that man decides that instead of using crutches or a wheelchair, he wants to walk by hopping on his good leg, that leg will become very strong. Then he teaches himself some technique, and the result is a 6-foot plus high jumper. There are more of these than you think.
              How many more? At least in the developed world, I can't imagine many people doing that.
              Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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              • #8
                Re: It's not that amazing

                Originally posted by Powell
                Originally posted by noone
                Take an athletic young man who happens to have lost a leg in an accident. If that man decides that instead of using crutches or a wheelchair, he wants to walk by hopping on his good leg, that leg will become very strong. Then he teaches himself some technique, and the result is a 6-foot plus high jumper. There are more of these than you think.
                How many more? At least in the developed world, I can't imagine many people doing that.
                Yeah, I can't buy that. Most athletic men can't high jump 6-feet, so a 1-legged six-footer is a far outlier.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by noone
                  Arnie Boldt (Canada), a one-legged high-jumper set the outdoor WR with 2.04 and the indoor WR with 2.08 in 1981
                  Any video of this latter jump, a truly unbelievable achievement. Is there a woman's WR?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jeremyp
                    Originally posted by noone
                    Arnie Boldt (Canada), a one-legged high-jumper set the outdoor WR with 2.04 and the indoor WR with 2.08 in 1981
                    Any video of this latter jump, a truly unbelievable achievement.


                    I'm curious about this too. I would tend to think he had a prosthesis on the "bad" or missing side ? I cannot imagine anyone hopping to the bar and then jumping 2.04/ 6'8 1/4", much less 2.08/6'9 3/4" .

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                    • #11
                      No prostheis. Very Avant-like off a hop approach.
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6auGPszgiJA

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                      • #12
                        I seem to remember seeing something about a foreign documentary on a one-legged high jumper. Dutch, I think, and released at least 15 years ago.

                        EDIT: Foolish me. I confused "Crossbar" and "Höjdhoppar'n". Both fictional too, although the former is supposedly based on the true story of someone named Aaron Kornylo who lost a leg and kept on jumping.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jhc68
                          No prostheis. Very Avant-like off a hop approach.
                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6auGPszgiJA
                          Yes, that's 1.86.... what's this deal about him doing 2.08 ??!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dukehjsteve
                            Originally posted by jhc68
                            No prostheis. Very Avant-like off a hop approach.
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6auGPszgiJA
                            Yes, that's 1.86.... what's this deal about him doing 2.08 ??!!
                            Click on this link:

                            http://www.sportshall.ca/accessible/hm_profile.php?i=45

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by noone
                              clearing 2.08m at the Tribune Games in Winnipeg. In 1981, he also raised his long jump record to 3.01m.
                              My BS-meter is squawking. Was he wearing a prosthetic for a 'normal' approach? THAT I could believe.

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