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(YouTube)   After 20 years, Mike Powell's world record in the long jump still stands. Yes ... a man can fly   (youtube.com) divider line 63
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2012-05-13 01:24:29 AM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: That man's legs appear to be about six feet long.


For what it's worth Powell is 6'2" and yeah his legs are long but they're also pretty damn skinny.
 
2012-05-13 02:07:59 AM
Dude kept running while he was in the air.

/I'd like to know how much farther that got him.
 
2012-05-13 02:20:57 AM

rickythepenguin: INeedAName: Sadly some of us did them against guys that later went on to make the national team so we repeatedly got our butts kicked. Thanks Shane Stroup and Alan Webb.


huh. no shiat? didn't webb run something nutty like 3:49?

my i guess "claims to fame" are through my wife, who ran with Amy Skierezs and Abdi Abdirahman in college. Skierez won something like.......3 or 4 NCAA titles between XC and track and Abdi didn't hit his peak i ugess until after college. He had a disappionting showing in China, and I don't even know if he qualified for Athens but he's going to London as the #2 US men's marathon.


/my best mile was about 4:40, perhaps 4:45. sub five either way. oh to be 16 and 140lbs. nowadays, if I finish a 10K in under 50 minutes I feel like Roger Freaking Bannister


4:39 here, and I second that emotion. recently started running to work and was really down on myself because mapmyrun calculated my pace at 9 mins per mile, and I was running HARD to get there on time to shower and start my shift.

I remember in high school doing a 15K walk for MS. started walking and about half a kilometer into it, said, "screw this, it's going to take all day", so I started running. didn't try to win anything, since I was the only one running, but I finished in under an hour. 3 sub 20 minute 5Ks in a row, and I didn't even bat an eye.

You know how much I would kill to break 20 mins in a 5K now?
 
2012-05-13 02:24:17 AM

WhyteRaven74: Hmm the high jump record is almost 19 years old now, and the pole vault record is almost 18 years old. Surprising both have held on for so long given that you can actually try to break them, unlike long jump and triple jump where you just launch yourself and hope for it, in high jump and pole vault if you're the last jumper left and you have at least one miss left you can ask the officials to move the crossbar to a world record height and give it a go. It's actually how the world records get set.


I think I remember watching sotomayor's jump in high jump, if that is in fact the current record. I'm sure I watched bubka break the pole vault, since he broke the freakin' record about 20 times.
 
2012-05-13 02:37:19 PM

rga184: I'm sure I watched bubka break the pole vault, since he broke the freakin' record about 20 times.


There was a period where you couldn't turn on the teevee w/o seeing him breaking one of his own records again. Dude was money.

/wiki shows he broke record 35 times total - 17 outdoor, 18 indoor
 
2012-05-13 02:56:56 PM

relaxitsjustme: 1991. So he was juiced on something they couldn't yet detect


There's quite a big question mark over the track surface at Tokyo, that it was harder than the normal legal definition. 6 guys out of 8 did sub 10 seconds in the 100m.
 
2012-05-13 06:03:03 PM

WhyteRaven74: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: That man's legs appear to be about six feet long.

For what it's worth Powell is 6'2" and yeah his legs are long but they're also pretty damn skinny.


He runs faster in slow motion than I ever could in real time.
 
2012-05-13 07:13:42 PM

farkeruk: relaxitsjustme: 1991. So he was juiced on something they couldn't yet detect

There's quite a big question mark over the track surface at Tokyo, that it was harder than the normal legal definition. 6 guys out of 8 did sub 10 seconds in the 100m.


I didn't know that. The last decade of PED scandels has taught me to be suspicious of most records set between the early 80's until mid to late 00's. Particularly ones that are a outside of normal WR increments.
 
2012-05-13 10:54:30 PM

rickythepenguin: on the notion of "falling forward" and so on, i wonder if there is some kind of Fosbury Flop theory to the long jump where like, instead of jumping feet first, a cat could like, jump form his feet (using the body's strongest muscles duhh) but, instead of piking backwards, go the gymnast route and and in the air, tilt forwards and do a somersault to land. you could get like, 5 -6 extra feet.



/No, i'm not high


This is the dumbest thing I've ever read but I mean that it the best possible sense. It made me laugh.
 
2012-05-14 09:45:47 AM

gameshowhost: rga184: I'm sure I watched bubka break the pole vault, since he broke the freakin' record about 20 times.

There was a period where you couldn't turn on the teevee w/o seeing him breaking one of his own records again. Dude was money.

/wiki shows he broke record 35 times total - 17 outdoor, 18 indoor


Pretty sure he got a bonus for everytime he set a WR, so he would just move it up an inch, set the record, collect bonus, repeat, profit.
 
2012-05-14 08:34:09 PM
I see Spanish speaking commentators are still taking the jobs English speaking commentators don't want to do.
 
2012-05-15 01:58:34 AM

bacongood: gameshowhost: rga184: I'm sure I watched bubka break the pole vault, since he broke the freakin' record about 20 times.

There was a period where you couldn't turn on the teevee w/o seeing him breaking one of his own records again. Dude was money.

/wiki shows he broke record 35 times total - 17 outdoor, 18 indoor

Pretty sure he got a bonus for everytime he set a WR, so he would just move it up an inch, set the record, collect bonus, repeat, profit.


Which raises the question: Why was he putting wide receivers into concrete? -_o
 
2012-05-15 10:19:10 PM
 
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