- athletics a modern high-jumping technique whereby the jumper clears the bar headfirst and backwards
C20: named after Dick Fosbury (born 1947), US winner of men's high jump at Mexico Olympics in 1968, who perfected the technique
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Word Origin and History for fosbury flop
high-jumping technique, 1968, in reference to U.S. athlete Dick Fosbury (b.1947), who used it to win the 1968 Olympic gold medal.
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