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Thread #73132   Message #1944886
Posted By: The Fooles Troupe
22-Jan-07 - 06:59 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Bouncing Billy Barker
Subject: RE: Folklore: Bouncing Billy Barker
The technique sounds remarkably like the ancient Greek Olympic 'triple-jump' or 'long-jump' using swung weights.

There have been a couple of TV documentary series about recreating the original Olympic games that came out about the time of the recent Greek Olympics. This showed the basic technique of swinging the weights to increase the distance. They got pretty close to documented historical distances in all the sports. No times were of course kept for 'races'.