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Charles Austin, who won gold in 1996 Summer Olympics, soars on his way to a Masters world record in the high jump. Austin cleared 6 feet, 8 3/4 inches.

Charles Austin sets Masters world record in high jump

1996 Olympic gold medalist dazzles in front of fans at Texas State's Track and Field Complex

By JOE VOZZELLI
Daily Record Sports

Charles Austin wasn’t worried when he hit the bar on his first two attempts at a Masters world record. 

“I set the American record on my last jump,” Austin recalled. “I won the Olympics on my last jump. I won the World Championships on my last jump. So pressure doesn’t bother me. It causes me to focus a little bit more. Once I dial it in, it’s no problem.”

Maybe Austin just wanted to add more drama to the event.

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