ECU senior wins title with mind-blowing high jump
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East Carolina University’s Avion Jones took flight at the American Athletic Conference and set a new record in the high jump, clearing a bar set 2.31 meters above the ground (or seven feet and seven inches).
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The jump would place Jones just .2 meters outside the top 100 recorded jumps in history according to the IAAF. Only Erik Kynard, Guowei Zhang and Yu Wang have matched or jumped higher than 2.31 meters in 2016. To put the height in context, Jones’ 2.31 meter jump would have earned him a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Jones said afterward that he had "no idea" if he’d clear the bar.
Javier Sotomayor set the world record of 2.45 meters in 1993.
(Thanks to Bleacher Report for sharing this video.)