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High jump revolutionist Dick Fosbury dies

His jump method bears his name and is still used in athletics today.

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Dick Fosbury, 1968 Olympic high jump champion, has died at the age of 77.

Fosbury is known for revolutionizing the high jump by inventing and successfully applying his own method: he began to jump with his back down, also with a steeper arc. Prior to this, the athletes jumped by stepping over, and then by throwing - with the flight over the crossbar with their chest down.

Until now, the method, which was called the "fosbury flop", is used in almost its original form.