Dragutin Topic tops listed M35 world indoor HJ record
Serbia’s Dragutin Topic, who turns 37 in March, last night became the oldest man to clear 2.30 meters (7-6 1/2) when he scaled that height on his second try at the Eurotop meet in Novi Sad, Serbia. Dragutin then fearlessly passed 2.32 (7-7 1/4), made a failed jump at 2.34 (7-8) and missed twice at 2.36 (7-8 3/4). Gutsy! He thus beat the listed WMA M35 indoor record of 2.27. Better yet, he tied Charles Austin’s unrecognized world age-group record of 2.30. But Charles was 35 at the time of his 2.30 jump, so Dragutin is now the GeezerJump King. As it turns out, Dragutin himself organized the men-only HJ meet, which was set to music. Here are results.
If Dragutin can hang on another three years, he’ll have a good shot at becoming the second over-40 over 7 feet. Glen Conley cleared 2.15 in August 1997 but has yet to get proper recognition. The jump has been vetted by serious statisticians, but World Masters Athletics persists in listing the M40 age-group outdoor record as 2.11 (6-11) by Jim Barrineau at the 1995 world masters meet in Buffalo, New York.
Here’s my exhaustive discussion of the Conley case.