What is the Fosbury Flop?

The Year 5/6 students have been focusing on the technique of the Fosbury Flop in readiness for the St Anne’s Athletics Carnival.  The students have been using the ipads to youtube athletes performing the Fosbury Flop in past Olympic games.  The Fosbury Flop is named after a US High Jumper called Dick Fosbury.  He invented the ‘back-first’ technique which is commonly used by athletes today.  Fosbury won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico.  His personal best jump was 2.24m.  This record was broken in 1993 by Javier Sotomayor (Cuban) who remains the men’s record holder with a jump of 2.45m.

 

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