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  • #16
    Originally posted by proofs in the pudd'in View Post
    True! A recent decathlete from Afghanistan jumped 6.66m in 2016. I bet that messed with his mind.
    I would bet in Afghanistan that 666 does not have the same meaning it does in English speaking countries and he likely did not know what we think of it.


    • #17
      Very interesting thread.
      You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!


      • #18
        I think 2 possible reasons for the tendency of long jump records to last a long time are:

        1) While the runway surface has changed over the years which should help speedwise, you are still taking off from a simple wooden (or sometimes nowadays plastic?) board and then travelling through the air before landing.
        2) Unlike many other field events, there hasn't really been a major change in technique such as the flop, vaulting with a pole that bends, the shift and then spin in the shot etc. I think this is because there isn't scope for one because, at heart, it is a relatively simple event. Obviously, it isn't that simple in practice as shown by the difficulty many athletes have in repeating their best jumps.


        • #19
          We had a thread on this years ago...