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Don Bragg

Full name: Donald George "Don" Bragg
Nickname(s): Tarzan
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: May 15, 1935 in Penns Grove, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Villanova Wildcats, Villanova (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Don Bragg was the last of the great pre-fiberglass pole vaulters. He won the 1960 Final Trials with a new world record of 15-9¼ (4.80) and this remains a world "best" with a metal pole. Bragg had won the 1959 Pan American Games, the 1959 AAU outdoor and, after sharing first place at the AAU indoor in 1956 and 1958, he was an outright winner in 1959-1961. While at Villanova, he won the NCAA in 1955 and was IC4A champion, both indoors and out, for three successive years (1955-57). Don Bragg earned the nickname "Tarzan" as a result of his life-long dream to play that role in the movies. After his Olympic victory his plans were thwarted by injury, legal problems, and scandal. He did play the role in one movie but it was never released. After his dreams of movie stardom faded, Tarzan Bragg became athletic director at Stockton State (NJ) College and the owner of a boys' summer camp near the school.

Personal Best: PV – 4.81i (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 4.70 0 1 7
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.20 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.30 metres 1T o 0 0 1 4.30
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.40 metres 6T xo 1 1 3 4.40
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.50 metres 3 o 0 1 4 4.50
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.55 metres 1T o 0 1 5 4.55
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.60 metres 1 OR o 0 1 6 4.60
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.70 metres 1 OR o 0 1 7 4.70
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 4.82 metres 1 xxx 0 1 7 4.70
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3 QU 4.40 0 1 4
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.20 metres 1T o 0 0 1 4.20
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.30 metres 11T xo 1 1 3 4.30
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.40 metres 3 o 0 1 4 4.40
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