An exceptional athletic feat

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  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    As with many things, there's a backstory that has moved to the front. This is a video news story about the Nike Vaporfly, the shoe worn by the winners in these stories. Questions have been raised as to whether the technology of the shoe gives the wearer an unfair advantage, If you're interested in sports and want to learn a bit about materials science it's worth a watch.

    https://digg.com/video/why-is-nikes-vaporfly-the-most-controversial-shoe-in-america

    Of course, they're flying off the shelves at $250. per pair
     
  5. Kizmet

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  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    He's a progeny. His dad was also a vaulter. That tells me that technique had a lot to do with this, so there's still more room for improvement. (Due to improvements in technology, technique, and fitness.) In other words, he's not a freak (like Bob Beaman). He's just the next in line. But it's his; he earned it!
     
  7. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Just shy of 20' 3". Wow!
     
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    In 2019 the winning jump in the Massachusetts boys championships was 13'-6." You have to be a really good athlete to make that jump. So adding almost 7 feet to that is really hard to imagine. As an event it tests strength, agility and speed. Being good at just one will get you nowhere. It's fun to watch. BTW, the winning girl's jump was 13'-0" The women's world record is 16'-6.75"
     
  9. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    Never did track and field, but always wanted to try doing a pole vault. Can't imagine launching yourself that high though.
     

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