n.— «Technique comes into play when clearing the bar, because you must turn your back to the bar while clearing it, a technique called flopping.» —“Library tech awarded three silver medals at National Track meet” by Derek B. Carlson in Parris Island, South Carolina Marine Corps News Sept. 12, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. “Flopping” was popularized by Richard Fosbury, as explained by the International Olympic Committee.

  2. R H Payne says:

    This dates back to gold medalist Dick Fosbury in the 1968 Olympics. It was called the Fosbury Flop after his method of clearing the bar. I believe the term was first used by Medford, Oregon sportswriter.

  3. You mean exactly like I mention in the previous comment?

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