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Charles Austin's Guide to Watching the High Jump

Charles Austin's Guide to Watching the High Jump

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(Continued from page 1)

1968: Dick Fosbury introduces the flop technique of the high jump.

1978: The last world record with the Western Roll is set in 1978.  Previously the dominant style, most everyone uses the flop now.

Athletes to Watch
Jesse Williams (USA):
The 2011 Outdoor World High Jump Champion and barely made the U.S. men’s team. It will be interesting to see how he takes advantage of this opportunity. @Jessehj1

Jamie Nieto (USA):
The oldest of the three high jumpers at 35 years of age. He has been around for a long time and I would love to see him medal. @JamieNieto


Erik Kynard (USA):
A talented up-and-comer that has shown lots of potential to do well on the international level. He is young; it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure. @Erik_Kynard

Photos by USOC/Long Photography

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