Dick Fosbury: The athlete who developed the ‘Fosbury Flop’ dies aged 76

Dick Fosbury revolutionised the high jump with the "Fosbury Flop" technique


The “Fosbury Flop” has been widely used in the high jump since Dick Fosbury used it

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.”

Fosbury began experimenting with the ‘flop’ at school and, encouraged by his coaches, he had all-but perfected it by the time he was in higher education.