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Vertical Jump Test Records

The vertical jump test measures the difference between a jump straight up off both feet, and the reach height. The result is therefore independent of someone's actual height, and can generally be considered how much the feet get off the ground.

From data on on, the world record holder for the vertical jump is held by Michael Wilson of the Globetrotters, who has a 55" leap (he also once dunked on a 12-foot hoop, which is also a record). Someone else reports that Kadour Ziani, Highest Vertical Leaper from Slamnation, has a vertical jump of 61" (other reports for top leaps for Kadour range from 56"/142cm upwards). There are some other impressive stats coming from another slam dunking group, Team Flight Brothers, especially Terrell Cournoyea aka TDub, who is just 5'9" tall. As with many other reports, his vertical jump figures are usually achieved with a run up. He has been seen leaping with his head above the basketball rim, very impressive for his size.

Volleyball player Leonel Marshall reportedly has a 50" (127 cm) vertical leap from standing. He is the star of Men's Cuban National Volleyball team. Search for him on YouTube and you will see some spectacular jumping action of him.

In data from an article "Pulling To Jump Higher" by Chad Ikei, some impressive vertical jump results are presented for a couple of champion weight lifters. Nicu Vlad of Romania (bodyweight 100 kg / 220 lbs), World Record holder and two-time Olympic Weight lifting medallist in 1990, recorded a 42" vertical jump. American Wesley Barnett, 3-time Olympian and Silver Medallist at the 1997 World Championships (He is 6'1" tall and weighs 105 kg / 231 lbs), has recorded vertical jumps of over 39". These guys are quite heavy, and their jumps are pretty good, but there have been some much higher jumps.

Top Vertical Leap Records List



Vertical Leap:

Kadour Ziani (5'10)


60" World Record

Michael Wilson Globetrotters 55" (or 51")

Reggie Thompson


56" (142 cm)

Randy Moss



Henry Bekkering ? 50"+
Robert Martin ? 50"+
Leonel Marshall Volleyball 50" (127 cm)
Jameel Pugh Basketball 50" (127 cm)

Michael Jordan


48" (122 cm)

Ronnie Fields


48" (122 cm)

Spudd Webb



Gerald Sensabaugh NFL 46"

Melvin Levett



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