The Fine Line
The last great innovation in the high jump was Dick Fosbury’s backwards flop.
Mr. Fosbury — once he hit on it, there’s not a whole lot of things that have adjusted or changed since then.”
Now, all these years later, jumpers are still tweaking the method.
For Derek Drouin and his coach, it’s about running slow to control the takeoff.
You see jumpers try to run as fast as they can, and then they put their foot down, and their leg isn’t able to handle it, so they end up just blowing through the bar.”
He’s actually very inflexible, which is inherent to him jumping the way that he does.”
Drouin combines his slower run with other critical elements — his path, arm swing and a slightly arched back — to clear a bar nearly eight feet high.
Once you take off the ground, your point of motion is kind of already set. So before I even take off I've already got that left arm up that is hopefully gonna guide me over the bar.”
Some jumpers arch their backs much more to get extra height. But it's difficult to time and results in more misses.