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Guinn Smith

Full name: Owen Guinn Smith
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: May 2, 1920 in McKinney, Texas, United States
Died: January 24, 2004 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA) / California Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Guinn Smith was the last man to win the Olympic pole vault title using a bamboo pole. He won the 1940 IC4A and tied for the NCAA title in 1941. After graduating from Cal/Berkeley in 1942 he was out of the sport for three years, during which time he won the Distinguished Flying Cross as a captain in the Army Air Corps. On his return to competition in 1947, Smith took the AAU indoor title and at the 1948 Final Trials he placed second with a career best of 14-8⅛ (4.47). At the Olympics he was trailing for much of the competition, but despite a painful knee injury, he was the only man to clear 14-1¼ (4.30), which he did on his last attempt.

Personal Bests: HJ – 6-5 (1.95) (1941); PV – 14-8⅛ (4.47) (1948); LJ – 22-9¼ (6.94) (1944).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Round 1 4.30
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Round 3.95 metres NP xo
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Round 4.10 metres NP xo
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Round 4.20 metres NP o
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Round 4.30 metres NP xxo
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Final Round 4.40 metres NP xpp
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics United States Qualifying Round NP QU 4.00