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The Fosbury Flop

How American athlete Dick Fosbury invented a new style and revolutionised high-jumping in the 1960s.

In the 1960s, the American athlete, Dick Fosbury, revolutionised high-jumping by inventing the 'Fosbury flop'.

Instead of diving or scissor-kicking over the high-jump bar, Fosbury floated across on his back.

In 1968, the Fosbury flop won its inventor a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1968.

Alan Johnston speaks to Dick Fosbury for Sporting Witness.

PHOTO: AFP/Getty Images

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