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Jim Bausch

Full name: James Aloysius Bernard "Jim" Bausch
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: March 28, 1906 in Marion Junction, South Dakota, United States
Died: July 9, 1974 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Affiliations: KCAC, Kansas City (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Jim Bausch was a letterman in basketball, football, and track during his brief stay at Wichita University (now Wichita State) and when he moved on to the University of Kansas, he became nationally known as an All-American football player. In 1931 he put his multiple talents as a track and field star together and won the AAU pentathlon and placed sixth in the decathlon. In 1932 he won the AAU decathlon, and in only his third try at the event, he won the Olympic gold medal. In Los Angeles, Bausch was in fifth place after the first day but on the second day he placed first in the discus, javelin, and pole vault to set a new world record of 8,462.235 points. His outstanding performance on the second day came in the pole vault when he cleared 13-1½ (4.00), which would have earned him equal fifth place in the individual pole vault. Bausch had some difficult years after the Olympics. He played pro football briefly with the Cincinnati Reds (1933) and Chicago Cardinals (1934), but with little success. Even more dismal was his attempt to launch a career as a nightclub singer. Bausch finally had some luck as an insurance salesman but during World War II, while serving with the navy in the Pacific, he contracted osteomyelitis, which plagued him the rest of his life. The pain was severe and he eventually had some problems with alcohol abuse, but overcame them and spent his last years gallantly helping others with the same problem.

Personal Best: Dec – 6735 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1912BT) P(1985T) T D H
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Standings 1 WR 8,462.235 6.735
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States 100 metres 11T 738.2 663 11.7
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Long jump 6 840.75 802 6.95
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Shot put 1 OB 998 809 15.32
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States High jump 6T 678 544 1.70
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States 400 metres 11 774.40 626 54.2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 6T 886.0 684 16.2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat One 2 886.0 684 16.2
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Discus throw 1 OB 976,06 758 44.58
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Pole vault 1T OB 1.027 617 4.00
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States Javelin throw 1 OB 1.025,025 767 61.91
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States 1,500 metres 8 518.8 466 5:17.0
1932 Summer 26 Los Angeles Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Two 5 518.8 466 5:17.0
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