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Events: Athletic: Assisted High Jump



Assisted High Jump

Assisted High Jump One of the most dramatic new field events will be the assisted high jump in which the high jumper is assisted by a partner. While a time-limit of three seconds is set on the assistance time of the jump itself, take-off is not restricted to one foot as it is with the normal high jump, and any bodily method of assistance can be employed. It is expected that an exciting range of assisted jumping methods will emerge at the New Zealand Fringe Games in Christchurch. The assisted jump has been described as "your classic 12 foot perimeter fence escape leap. Undoubtedly this event will be a big hit with prisoners right round the world," joked a sports consultant recently.

While many methods of performing this jump are expected to be seen at the first Fringe Games, most are likely to be based on techniques used in sports acrobatics, a branch of gymnastics in which the exercises are performed in pairs (or groups of three or four). Jump assistance is most likely to come in the form of the classic two-handed front pitch but variations may include a foot-to-foot shunt, or a run-up with an anterior ascent followed by a leaping thrust from the head and shoulder.

Although the jumper is likely to be light and lean, and his or her partner may be more solidly built, no more than a 15cm height difference between the two members of the team is allowed. A ruling on shoes is still pending. As well as a men's and women's event, there will also be a mixed event.


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