I was brainstorming with my friend Adarian Barr at Next Level Athletics & Fitness. Like me, he is a Coach and a Masters athlete focusing on Long Jump, Triple Jump, short sprints, and keeps a daily blog on his training.
We were on the subject on technique, and how important it is for every athlete, from Youth to World Class, and somehow mentioned Walter Davis’ name.
In his last round at Indianapolis in 2006, he jumped 17.71 meters, or 57 feet 10.25 inches. And that is into a -0.7 headwind! He already won the competition, but took his last jump anyways. It breaks my heart to watch this video!
The current WR is Jonathan Edwards 18.29 meters, set in GÃ¶teborg, 1995 World Championships.
But if you watch the video carefully, you will see his left hand break the sand well before his feet. The mark closest to the board is measured.
Thus this jump could have been over 18 meters or even 60 feet!
In any case, it was a great jump. To this day, this jump is still Walter’s PB.