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High jump revolutionary dies age 76

19 March, 2023

Dick Fosbury - the man who revolutionised the high jump in athletics - has died at the age of 76.

The American leapt backwards over the bar to win gold at the 1968 Mexico Olympics in a technique which became known as the ‘Fosbury Flop’ and is used by high jumpers today.

At the Games Fosbury set a then record of 2.24 metres using his method. Writing on Instagram, Fosbury’s agent Ray Schulte said his client had died on Sunday.

“It is with a very heavy heart I have to release the news that long-time friend and client Dick Fosbury passed away peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning after a short bout with a recurrence of lymphoma,” wrote Schulte.

“Dick will be greatly missed by friends and fans from around the world. A true legend, and friend of all.”(BBC sport)