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Billy Olson

Full name: Billy Richard Olson
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: July 19, 1958 in Abilene, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Mazda Optimist Track Club, Toronto (CAN)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Billy Olson was a pole vaulter who was considered one of the greatest indoor vaulters of the 1980s, but he never translated that success outdoors. He competed for Abilene Christian University. Between 1982-86 Olson set 11 world indoor records in the pole vault, including February 1983 when he cleared 5.80 metres at a meet in Toronto, the first clearance of 19-feet or more indoors.

Olson’s best outdoor international result was a bronze at the 1981 World Cup. He was US Champion in 1981-82, twice finishing second, and three times third. He set two American records outdoors, in March and June 1982, and that year he was world ranked #1. Olson was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.

Personal Best: PV – 5.93i (1986).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 12

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC C/F/P
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 12 5.50 2 2
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 5.10 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 5.25 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 5.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 5.50 metres 7 xxo 2 2 5.50
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 5.60 metres 10 p 2 2 5.50
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Final Round 5.65 metres 10 xxx 2 2 5.50
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round 9T QC 5.40 1 1
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 7T 5.40 1 1
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 5.30 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 5.40 metres 4T xo 1 1 5.40
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 5.45 metres 5T p 1 1 5.40
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 5.50 metres 7T p 1 1 5.40
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 5.55 metres 7T p 1 1 5.40
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