Bob Seagren was from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s, one of the world's top pole vaulter. He won six times the U.S. Championship and the 1967 Pan American Games. His first world record ( 5.32 m ), he jumped on May 14, 1966 in Fresno. After that he improved the world record in 1967 in San Diego ( 5.36 m ), 1968 in South Lake Tahoe ( 5.41 m) and 1972 in Eugene (5.63 m) three more times. He also jumped 1966-1969 a total of six times, setting a new world record.
At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, he was in one of the most exciting pole vault final Olympic champion. At the end of the day, the silver medalist Claus Schiprowski (FRG) and Wolfgang Nordwig (GDR) had skipped the new record height of 5.40 m apart from him. At the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, he was favorite, but had the bad luck that he is using the new catapult - rod was not approved at the last minute for the competition. Nevertheless, he was also in Munich on the podium and won silver. The gold medal went to Wolfgang Nordwig, the (5.50 m) as the first non - American Olympic gold medalist in this difficult technical discipline with a new Olympic record.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he tried after 1972 for a short time as a professional athletics his luck. After that, he was a successful film actor and television series as actor and showman. Eventually, he became director of a company dedicated to the development, organization and management of large road - distance running and fitness events - such as the Long Beach International City Marathon in California - has specialized.
1896: William Hoyt | 1900: Irving Baxter | 1904: Charles Dvorak | 1908: Edward Cook and Alfred Gilbert | 1912 Harry Babcock | 1920: Frank Foss | 1924 Lee Barnes | 1928: Sabin Carr | 1932: Bill Miller | 1936: Earle Meadows | 1948: Guinn Smith | 1952: Bob Richards | 1956 Bob Richards | 1960: Don Bragg | 1964: Fred Hansen | 1968 Bob Seagren | 1972: Wolfgang Nordwig | 1976: Tadeusz Ślusarski | 1980: Władysław Kozakiewicz | 1984: Pierre quinone | 1988: Sergei Bubka | 1992 Maxim Tarasov | 1996: Jean Galfione | 2000: Nick Hysong | 2004: Timothy Mack | 2008: Steve Hooker | 2012: Renaud Lavillenie
List of Olympic champion in athletics
- Olympian (United States)
- Pole vaulter (United States)
- Olympic gold medalist ( Athletics )
- Born in 1946