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Bob Richards

Full name: Robert Eugene "Bob" Richards
Nickname(s): The Vaulting Vicar
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: February 20, 1926 in Champaign, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Bob Richards was the second man to vault 15 feet and, like the first man over this height, Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam, he dominated the event for a number of years. Richards is the only man in history to win two Olympic gold medals in the pole vault, and these came after an Olympic bronze in 1948. Unlike many champions in this event, he was not an outstanding collegiate athlete, and while at Illinois, his best placing at the NCAA meet came in 1947 when he was in a six-way tie for first. However, he went on to win the AAU title a record nine times and won eight AAU indoor crowns. He was also Pan American Games champion in 1951 and 1955. Richards was also a top decathlete, winning the AAU title three times and the All-Around Championship once. In the 1955 Pan American Games decathlon he won the silver medal. In 1956 he made the Olympic team in the decathlon but, hampered by an injury, did not finsh. Richards later became a familiar face on TV. He did sports commentary and was a commercial spokesman for Wheaties. He formed his own company that specializes in motivational speaking and film producing. The Reverend Robert Richards, known as the "Vaulting Vicar", lost his family record of 15-6 (4.72) in the pole vault when his son, Bob, Jr., cleared 17-6 (5.33) in 1973.

Personal Bests: HJ – 6-3¼ (1.91) (1954); PV – 4.72i (1957); LJ – 23-3¼ (7.09) (1954); Dec – 7381 (1954).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA AC DNF

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Final Round 3 4.20
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Final Round 3.95 metres NP o
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Final Round 4.10 metres NP xo
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Final Round 4.20 metres NP xo
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Final Round 4.30 metres NP xxx
1948 Summer 22 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP QU 4.00
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 4.55 2 3 10
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 3.60 metres NP NH p 0 0 0
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 3.80 metres NP NH p 0 0 0
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 3.95 metres 1T 3.95 o 0 0 1
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 4.10 metres 2T 4.10 o 0 0 2
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 4.20 metres 2T 4.20 o 0 0 3
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 4.30 metres 1T 4.30 o 0 0 4
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 4.40 metres 1T OR 4.40 o 0 0 5
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 4.50 metres 1T OR 4.50 xo 0 1 7
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 4.55 metres 1 OR 4.55 xxo 1 3 10
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Final Round 4.60 metres 1T 4.55 xxx 2 3 10
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round 6T QU 4.00 0 0 3
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 4T 4.00 0 0 3
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 3.80 metres 1T o 3.80 0 0 1
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 3.90 metres 1T o 3.90 0 0 2
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 4.00 metres 4T o 4.00 0 0 3
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 1 OR 4.56 1 1 10
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.00 metres 1T 4.00 o 0 0 1
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.15 metres 1T 4.15 o 0 0 2
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.25 metres 2T 4.25 o 0 0 3
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.35 metres 2 4.35 o 0 0 4
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.40 metres 1 4.40 o 0 0 5
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.45 metres 1 4.45 o 0 0 6
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.50 metres 1 4.50 o 0 0 7
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.53 metres 1 4.53 o 0 0 8
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.56 metres 1 OR 4.56 xo 1 1 10
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Round 4.59 metres 1 4.56 xxx 1 1 10
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 11 QU 4.15 0 2 5
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 3.85 metres 1T 3.85 o 0 0 1
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.00 metres 13 4.00 xxo 2 2 4
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Qualifying Round 4.15 metres 11 4.15 o 0 2 5

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) P(1952HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT) D P(1952T) P(1985T) H
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Standings AC DNF
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States 100 metres 11T 11.7 11.82 678 663 687
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Six 2 11.7 11.82 678 663 687
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Long jump 14 6.39 610 673
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Shot put 10 12.52 628 638
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States High jump 10T 711 585 1.75
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States 400 metres 13T 52.3 52.42 684 706 706
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Four 4 52.3 52.42 684 706 706
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 13 16.8 16.97 458 620 627
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Five 3 16.8 16.97 458 620 627
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Discus throw 10 37.77 566 619
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Pole vault 1 OB 1.023 746 4.45
1956 Summer 30 Melbourne Athletics United States Javelin throw 12 44.09 423 502