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Ralph Spearow

Full name: Albert Ralph Spearow
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: October 3, 1895 in LaGrange, Georgia, United States
Died: December 17, 1980 in Portland, Oregon, United States
Affiliations: Oregon Ducks, Eugene (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Ralph Spearow placed second in the 1922 AAU pole vault champion, and was fourth in that event in 1919. After the 1924 Olympics, Spearow went on an exhibition tour of Japan. There are reports that he vaulted higher than the listed world record, supposedly clearing 4.22, but it was never ratified and does not appear as a valid mark in current world record or American record listings. There are various reasons given, one that the uprights were in the wrong position and the mark was actually “only” 4.19, and the other that he was not given permission to vault by the AAU.

Spearow competed for the University of Oregon and the Multnomah AC. While he was a student at Oregon, Spearow served as a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Cottage Grove, although after graduation, he became an insurance agent.

Personal Best: PV – 4.11 (13-6) (1924).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics Men's Pole Vault United States USA 6

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics United States Final Standings 6 3.70
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics United States Final Round 6 3.70
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1T QU 3.66
1924 Summer 28 Paris Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1T 3.66
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