Mike Powell of the United States currently holds the world record for the long jump at 8.95 meters, which is almost 30 feet! In this experiment, learn how a long jumper uses momentum from running to jump farther than the competition. The athletes carried a weight in each hand, called a haltere.
In this experiment you will test if you can increase jumping distance by increasing the running distance before the jump. These weights would be swung forward as the athlete jumped to increase momentum, and then thrown backwards whilst in mid-air so as to propel himself further forward (Wikipedia Contributors, 2006).
According to the fifth-century BC ancient Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides delivered the news to the Spartans the next day.The most important things to think about in the long jump are your approach, your takeoff, your flight, and your landing.