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Alma Richards

Full name: Alma Wilford Richards
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: February 20, 1890 in Parowan, Utah, United States
Died: April 3, 1963 in Long Beach, California, United States
Affiliations: BYU Cougars, Provo (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After the failure of the world record holder, George Horine, to clear 6-3¼ (1.91), Alma Richards and the German, Hans Liesche, battled it out for the 1912 Olympic high jumptitle. Richards cleared 6-4 (1.93) on his final attempt and, with the German failing three times, the gold medal went to the 22-year-old Brigham Young student. Richards' Olympic victory was, apart from the 1913 AAU title, his major championship honor, although he won the high jump and standing broad jump at the 1919 Inter-Allied Games. Richards later studied at Cornell, Stanford, and Southern Cal and became a science teacher in the Los Angeles area.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.956 (1915); SP – 42-3¾ (12.90) (1918); Decathlon – 5,719 (1912).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics Men's High Jump United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 1.93
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.60 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.70 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.75 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.80 metres 1T xo
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.83 metres 1T xxo
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.85 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.87 metres 1T xxo
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.89 metres 1T xxo
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.91 metres 1T =OR xxo
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Final Round 1.93 metres 1 OR o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP QU 1.83
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 1T 1.83
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 1.60 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 1.70 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 1.75 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 1.80 metres 1T xo
1912 Summer 22 Stockholm Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group C 1.83 metres 1T o