The Anonymous Widower

We Don’t Do High Jumpers Do We?

All the years, I’ve been following athletics, we have had very few high jumpers of note, despite having some good triple and long jumpers in that time.

I suppose there is one notable exception in that Mary Peters jumped herself to gold in the pentathlon in the high jump. I remember that night in 1972 vividly, as she kept clearing height after height, cheered on by a very passionate crowd, who seemed mainly to support her, despite the fact  her rivals were a West and an East German.  I think at the time it was said, that quite a few squaddies from the British Army of the Rhine were present and they willed her over.  A difficult job, as to put it truthfully, she wasn’t built for high-jumping.

We’ve never won gold in the men’s high jump at the Olympics, but there is always a surprise medal in something and perhaps with a bit of luck it could be Robbie Grabraz, as reported here in the Telegraph. After losing his funding, he’s now number one in the world.

June 2, 2012 - Posted by | Sport | , ,

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