Quote Originally Posted by Jacksf View Post
I did go online before making this post. Most jumpers of previous eras, moved forward on way or another after landing, so the spot for measurement was where they feet landed, not where their butt/body fell backwards, as it is with today's jumpers.
I have been broad/long jumping for 80 years and never heard of this and don't know how it would be possible. When jumper falls back, s/he obliterates the original foot plant.
The rule is closest mark to the board of any part of body, including hand or hair.