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Earle Meadows

Full name: Earle Elmer Meadows
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: June 29, 1913 in Corinth, Mississippi, United States
Died: November 11, 1992 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Affiliations: USC Trojans, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Prior to the advent of Cornelius Warmerdam, Earle Meadows of Southern Cal could claim to be the greatest bamboo vaulter in history He tied with his teammate from USC, Bill Sefton, for the 1935 AAU title and for the NCAA crown in 1935 and 1936, but he was a clear winner at the 1936 Final Trials and at the Olympics. Meadows again had some close contests with Sefton in 1937 and in May they both raised the world record to 14-8½ (4.48) and three weeks later, the "Heavenly Twins," as they were known, took the record up to 14-11 (4.54). The occasion was the Pacific Coast Conference Meet in Los Angeles and we might have seen history’s first 15-foot vault that day but Meadows and Sefton were unable to continue the competition because the standards had been raised to their maximum and the bar could be raised no higher. Meadows also had a fine record on the indoor circuit, winning the AAU three times, and in 1941 he twice set a world indoor record. In 1948 the veteran Meadows twice cleared 14-6 (4.42) indoors, but failed to maintain his form throughout the summer and missed a chance to defend his Olympic title when he only tied for sixth at the Final Trials. Meadows later became the owner of a musical instrument business in Texas.

Personal Best: PV – 4.54 (1937).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 4.35
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 3.40 metres NP pass
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 3.60 metres NP o
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 3.80 metres NP pass
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 4.00 metres NP o
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 4.15 metres NP o
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 4.25 metres NP xo
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 4.35 metres NP OR xo
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Final Round 4.45 metres NP xxx
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1T QU 3.80
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