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A. C. Gilbert

Full name: Alfred Carleton "A. C." Gilbert
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: February 15, 1884 in Salem, Oregon, United States
Died: January 24, 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Yale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After attending the College of the Pacific, A. C. Gilbert enrolled at Yale, where their reputation as a fine vaulting center was just being established. In 1907 he was in a four-way tie for the IC4A title and all four vaulters were from Yale. In June 1908, Gilbert set world records of 12-7¾ (3.855) and 12-8 (3.86) only to lose the record within the week to Walter Dray, a fellow Eli. Gilbert won the AAU junior title in 1905 but never won the senior outdoor championship. At the 1908 Olympics, Gilbert tied for first place with Ed Cook of Cornell, the only time this has happened in Olympic pole vault history. Besides vaulting, Gilbert finished second in the Yale gymnastics championships in 1905 and was intercollegiate wrestling champion in 1906. After his sporting days were over, he made a fortune as president of the toy company that bore his name and manufactured Erector Sets, American Flyer electric trains, and many other popular toys. Gilbert also earned an M.D. degree from Yale, but he never practiced medicine.

Personal Best: PV – 12-8 (3.86) (1908).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 1T Gold =OR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H(M) H(I)
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final Standings 1T =OR 3.71 12-2
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Final Round 1 =OR 3.71 12-2
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round 2 QU/OR 3.66 12-0
1908 Summer 24 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 2 OR 3.66 12-0
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