Old-school picture of Wilt Chamberlain running track.
Jeez look at how long his legs are and running in his chucks! And he already he the big dipper face the ladies liked...
Those shorts look a lot like boxers haha. It still amazes me how they could do sports and play basketball in Chucks.
He scissor kicked 6'6" in high jump. If he used today's common the form, the Fosbury, he could easily add a foot to that number. Wilt was and would be today, an Olympic caliber track and field athlete.
My dad always told me he could high jump 7'2. No clue where he got that from, if it is true, or if anyone was even doing that high back then.
Not in college, but maybe later in life he tried it again, I know for a fact that his best jumps in college were 6'6''. I'm a former high jumper myself and I know I could jump about a foot higher with the Fosbury than I could scissor kicking. If Wilt were using moden techniques, If he were training for the event today I would assume 7'2'' would be on the lower end of his capabilities, this is an educated guess, but I think 7'6'' or 7'7'' could be his max. That wouldn't win him an Olympic Gold, but he'd be one of the top 10 or so guys in the world.
Jeez, imagine if this guy was in high school or college in this era. Dude would make the Heat tank to get him.
I found this post very inspiring and found some other impressive pictures of him. He was really incredible athletic, strong and flat out imposing!