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Valery Brumel



Valery Brumel
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     challenging words:    overall, successful, meters, tragedy, especially, adult, record, among, lasted, world, held, better, already, horizontal, than, goal
     content words:    Valery Brumel, Russian Far East, American John Thomas, John Thomas, Boston Grasshopper, Soviet Union Brumel


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Valery Brumel
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Valery Brumel was a Soviet athlete. He held a world record in the high jump from 1961 to 1971. High jumpers run about 15 meters and then jump over a horizontal bar. The bar is very light, and if it is touched, it will fall down. The goal is to not let the bar fall and to jump higher than everybody else. Valery Brumel broke the world record in the high jump five times.
 
2     Valery was born in a very small town in the Russian Far East in 1942. When he was 10, his family moved to Lugansk--a city in central Russia. Valery's sports career started there. At the age of 14 he was already much better than all adult athletes in the city.
 
3     In 1960, Valery set his first European record of 2 m 17 cm. After two months, he raised it to 2 m 20 cm. He won a silver medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. There he met American John Thomas and jumped better than Thomas did. John Thomas, who was called "The Boston Grasshopper," held the world record at that time. Thomas and Brumel became friends and main competitors.

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