Ex-WR flopper Carlo Thrânhardt clears 5-7 after heart surgery at 60

West German Olympian Carlo Thrânhardt was a beast indoors, clearing a world-record 2.42 (7-11¼) in 1988. He’s still a beast. Seven weeks after turning 60, he jumped 1.70 (5-7) in Eberstadt. He passed two heights and then went straight for a WR-equalling 1.81 (5-11 1/4). He failed in three tries, but wow, what gumption. I’m told: “Of note, he had emergency heart surgery in the spring and had trained only two weeks prior to the meet.” The listed WR man, Russia’s Vladimir Kuntsevich, may see his five-year reign ending soon if Carlo gets his game back. Also of note: He jumps off his right leg and he’s one of only a half-dozen men who’ve cleared 2.40 more than once. Maybe he’ll give 2018 worlds a shot in Spain. (Hey, Mutaz Barshim, let’s see you jump 5-7 in 2051 when you’re Carlo’s age.)

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August 27, 2017

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  1. whowouldbeyourdaddy - August 28, 2017

    I can jump that height at his age……….with a trampoline !

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