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John Pennel

Full name: John Thomas Pennell
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: July 25, 1940 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 26, 1993 in Santa Monica, California, United States
Affiliations: Southern California Striders, Anaheim (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

John Pennel was one of the pioneers of the new fiberglass pole on the early 60s and with the new pole he was able to break the world pole vault record 10 times between 1963-69, not all of them ratified by the IAAF. However, he did have four ratified world records, the first coming in August 1963 in a USA v GBR dual meet, when he cleared 5.13 (16-10¼). He was the first man to clear 17 feet (5.18) when he vaulted 17-0¾ (5.20) at the Gold Coast AAU Meet in Coral Gables, Florida in August 1963, his second official world record. His other records came in July 1966 when he cleared 5.34 (17-6¼) at an International meet in Los Angeles, and in June 1969, when he cleared 5.44 (17-10¼) at the Sacramento Invitational. Because of competition from Fred Hansen, Brian Sternberg, and later Bob Seagren, Pennel won only one national title, the 1965 AAU vault. He was gold medalist at the 1965 World University Games. Twice an Olympian, Pennel was denied a medal in 1968 when he cleared 5.40 metres on his second attempt, only to have his pole pass under the bar, which was illegal in 1968, but the rule was rescinded the following year.

Personal Bests: PV – 5.44 (17-10¼) (1969); LJ – 7.13 (23-4¾) (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 11
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 5 OR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 11 =OR 4.70 1 1 2
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 4.40 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 4.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 4.70 metres 8 =OR xo 1 1 2 4.70
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 4.80 metres 10 p 1 1 2 4.70
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 4.85 metres 10 xxx 1 1 2 4.70
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 17 QC 4.60 1 1 2
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.20 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.30 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.40 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.50 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.55 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.60 metres 17 xo 1 1 2 4.60
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5 OR 5.35 2 4 8
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 4.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 4.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.00 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.05 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.05
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.10 metres 6T p 0 0 1 5.05
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.15 metres 9T p 0 0 1 5.05
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.20 metres 5T =OR xo 1 1 3 5.20
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.25 metres 6T p 1 1 3 5.20
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.30 metres 5 =OR xo 1 2 5 5.30
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.35 metres 4 =OR xxo 2 4 8 5.35
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round 5.40 metres 5 xxx 2 4 8 5.35
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1T QU 4.90 0 0 1
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 1T 4.90 0 0 1
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 4.60 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 4.70 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 4.75 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 4.85 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 4.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1 4.90
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