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Sixty-Inch Box Jump
If memory serves (and it might not), there was once a discussion on the site about the maximum height a person could jump without a running start. Cody Ransom of the Yankees has to be in the upper percentile of the jumping range. Apparently this video is not doctored in any way.

Posted by The Curator on Mon Mar 16, 2009

Am I watching the same video?

I definitely see a running start.
if only for a couple of feet.

I had expect a standing jump!
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Mon Mar 16, 2009  at  02:53 PM
This is Adrian Wilson of the Arizona Cardinals clearing a 66" bar. Incredible...
Posted by Aaron  in  Scottsdale  on  Mon Mar 16, 2009  at  02:57 PM
The standing high jump was an Olympic event from 1900-1912. In the mid-1970's Swedish athlete Rune Alm
Posted by Canadarm  on  Mon Mar 16, 2009  at  05:42 PM
Sharruma -- yeah, he takes a step before he jumps. I figured that wasn't really running.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Mar 16, 2009  at  06:56 PM
Yeah, that's not quite a standing high jump. But it's still rather impressive, nonetheless.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Mon Mar 16, 2009  at  08:15 PM
The standing high jump was not quite the same thing (and yes, there are examples on YouTube). This box jump impresses me more, even if the hight is a few inches less...

I dare say there are free runners who can pretty much match this, though.
Posted by outeast  on  Tue Mar 17, 2009  at  10:25 AM
C B Fry was widely reported to be able to do a standing jump backwards onto a mantelpiece, which is credible given that he was unbeaten as captain of the England cricket team, played international soccer, and set a world long jump record that stood for over twenty-one years while he was still an undergraduate. He was also offered the throne of Albania.
Posted by Neil Howlett  in  Somerset, England  on  Fri Mar 20, 2009  at  04:58 PM
Someone already threw out the term "freerunners" here (Hi American! *wave*) and I have to confirm that there's a stunning number of us practitioners of Parkour out there who casually do this and more. Not only is this not a hoax, that particular clip is (And I can't emphasize this enough) absolutely in no way implausible, or even especially impressive in our circles.

Love the site, by the way.

....and he totally ran at that.
Posted by Ferret  on  Mon Jun 15, 2009  at  05:34 PM
...I take that back, I can't break 58". But still...
Posted by Ferret  on  Wed Jun 17, 2009  at  06:17 PM
The box may be 60" high but that doesn't equate to a "60" vertical". That guy might have a 40" vertical, but the fact that he pulls up his legs helps him to get onto the box. The true measure of his "vertical leap" would be to measure how high the top of his head gets while airborn. And subtract his standing height from that mark.
Posted by steve  in  cambridge ontario  on  Sun Jan 30, 2011  at  12:15 PM
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