Bob Seagren

Event: Pole Vault

Inducted to Hall of Fame: 1975

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Mt. SAC Relays Highlights
Career Highlights

Bob rode the fiberglass revolution in vaulting poles to ever higher heights, raising the American record during his reign as America's best vaulter six times by a total of over a foot. Early in the 1968 Olympic season, he won the Mt. SAC title with a meet record leap of 17-1. He was one of three jumpers to clear 17-8 1/2 at Mexico City, winning the Olympic gold medal on fewest misses.

Bob was the heavy favorite for the gold medal going into the 1972 Olympic season. He set the last of his four world records (18-5 3/4) in the months leading up to the Olympic competition in Munich. However, a last-minute decision by the IAAF forced Bob to vault on an unfamiliar pole. He had to settle for the silver medal, the first time ever in Olympic competition that a U.S. athlete was not the gold medal winner.

Bob is one of many athletes who have grown up with the Mt. SAC Relays. He competed at the Relays as a prep from nearby Pomona High School, and won the Community College Division in 1965 as a Mt. SAC athlete.

Even after his competitive career ended, Bob remained a friend of the Relays. As an executive for Puma, he helped to arrange for Puma's participation as a corporate sponsor.

Born: 1948

College: USC

  • 1965: 1st (tie), 16-0 (4.88m)
  • 1966: 4th (tie), 16-0
  • 1968: 1st, 17-1 (5.21m)
  • 1971: 1st, 17-0, (5.18m)
  • PR: 18-5 3/4
  • Broke World Record 4 times:
    • 1966: 17-5 1/2 (5.32m)
    • 1967: 17-7 (5.36m)
    • 1968: 17-9 (5.41m)
    • 1972: 18-5 3/4 (5.63m)
  • Broke or tied American Record 6 times:
    • 1966: 17-5 1/2
    • 1966: 17-5 1/2 (tied AR)
    • 1967: 17-7
    • 1972: 18-0 1/2
    • 1972: 18-4
    • 1972: 18-5 3/4
  • Olympic Gold Medal, 1968
    • 17-8 1/2 (5.40m)
  • Olympic Silver Medal, 1972
    • 17-8 1/2 (5.40m)
  • U.S. National Champion
    • 1966: 17-0
    • 1969: 17-6
    • 1970: 17-2
  • Pan-Am Champion, 1967
    • 16-0 3/4 (4.90m)

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