Is this the best ever group of high jumpers?

15 Jun 2014

Yesterday Mutaz Essa Barshim became the first man to jump over 2.40m and lose. It was on count back, but shows the sheer talent of the current crop of high jumpers. Sotomayor’s world record of 2.45m still eludes them. However, this season, four men have gone over 2.40m. That’s never been done before and the season’s not done. We’re in a golden age. The graph below shows the top jumps per season and the average of the top three since 1986. In the last three years, a crop of jumpers are pushing each other to the highest height to an extent never seen in the event. Can they now push each other over 2.45m?

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