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  • High Jump glory for Russian Ukhov | Video

    High Jump glory for Russian Ukhov

    London 2012 - Russia's Ivan Ukhov tonight claimed his first major outdoor title by taking gold in the men's High Jump - the only man to clear 2.36m and 2.38m. Watch highlights now.
  • Chicherova leaps to high jump gold | Video

    Chicherova leaps to high jump gold

    London 2012 - Russia's Anna Chicherova claimed women's High Jump gold with a commanding performance. The 30-year-old was the only woman to clear 2.05m, as she claimed a memorable victory.
  • King crowned high jump champion | Video

    King crowned high jump champion

    The men’s high jump at the Olympic Games of 1928 was a strikingly different event to that of today. The now ubiquitous Fosbury Flop, perfected by the American jumper Dick Fosbury to great success at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, was many decades away and the jumpers in Holland used a variety of spectacular techniques with which to clear the bar. Many used an elaborate scissor-kick style, which required a remarkable piece of athleticism and agility to clear the formidable heights, with the winner in Amsterdam expected to go close to the magical barrier of two metres. American Bob King had a technique all of his own. He had had a glittering collegiate career with Stanford and led a strong American field event contingent in Amsterdam.Expectation was high with all but one of the previously contested high jump gold medals going to American athletes. A 35-man field for the qualifying round prolonged the event into a five-hour marathon by the end, with 18 athletes battling their way through to the final round. The bar reached 1.91m and only five athletes made successful clearances. Japan’s Mikio Oda, who won the triple jump gold medal in Amsterdam, bowing out after failing at that height. King and two American team-mates remained alongside Frenchman Claude Menard and Simeon Toribio of the Phillipines. While his rivals persisted with the traditional scissor kick, King’s technique gave him the edge. He ran in at an angle, raising his right leg level with the bar before tucking his left underneath. With the bar raised to 1.94m and the officials wrapped up warm in the evening chill, King recorded the only successful clearance but not until the bar performed a nerve-jangling wobble after the American clipped it with his trailing leg.
  • Dick Fosbury - High jump men - Athletics | Video

    Dick Fosbury - High jump men - Athletics

    Most sports evolve over a long period of time. Rules are changed, patterns of play alter, techniques are adjusted. Only rarely does a sport take a great leap forward at one point. But in Mexico, the world of high jumping changed for ever. And for that, we can thank the American Dick Fosbury, the man who revolutionised his sport by introducing a new style to the world – the Fosbury Flop.
  • Athletics - High Jump Women - Rio 2016 Olympic Games | Video

    Athletics - High Jump Women - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    Highlights of the Athletics - High Jump Women on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • High-jumper Ulrike Meyfarth: “It felt like a movie” | Video

    High-jumper Ulrike Meyfarth: “It felt like a movie”

    By winning gold as a 16-year-old at Munich 1972 and topping the podium again in Los Angeles 12 years later, West Germany’s Ulrike Meyfarth became both the youngest Olympic women’s high jump champion and the oldest. In the latest instalment of our Words of Olympians series, she reflects on that unique distinction and an amazing career.
  • Mexico 1968 Athletics High jump men | Video

    Mexico 1968 Athletics High jump men

    Dich Fosbury's technique truly changed the sport at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Despite scepticism from judges and coaches, Fosbury cleared every height up to 2.22 metres without a miss and then achieved a personal record of 2.24 metres to win the gold medal.
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