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Athletics high jump legend Dick Fosbury dead at 76: agent

American Dick Fosbury competes in the men’s high jump at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, winning gold with his innovative ‘Fosbury flop’.

LOS ANGELES – Athletics legend Dick Fosbury, who revolutionised high jumping with his signature “Fosbury flop” has died, his agent confirmed on Monday. He was 76.

Fosbury’s agent Ray Schulte said in a statement that the 1968 Olympics gold medallist had died peacefully in his sleep early Sunday from lymphoma.

“Dick will be greatly missed by friends and fans from around the world. A true legend, and friend of all!”

Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1947, Fosbury was to become one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field for developing the innovative high-jumping technique which…

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