Bob Seagren

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Lloyd "Bob"•Seagren
Used nameBob•Seagren
Born17 October 1946 in Pomona, California (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsSouthern California Striders, Anaheim (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2


In addition to his two Olympic medals, Bob Seagren was the Pan American Games champion in 1967 and, indoors and outdoors, he won a total of six AAU and four NCAA titles. He also broke the world outdoor record six times, finishing up with a vault of 18-5¾ (5.63) at the 1972 Final Trials, but in München he was handicapped by a last minute IAAF ruling which forced him to change his pole and he failed to retain his Olympic title. He was equally prolific as a record breaker on the indoor circuit and broke the indoor record eight times between 1966 and 1969.

Seagren graduated from USC in 1969 and, after his outstanding amateur career, turned professional and won the first U.S. Superstars competition in 1973 and the first World Superstars title in 1977. He later worked as an actor, and then was an executive with Puma. He has been CEO of RunRacing since its founding in 2001, which puts on the Long Beach Marathon as its signature event.

Personal Bests: 880y – 2:00.5 (1967); 440yH – 52.3 (1969); PV – 18-5¾ (5.63) (1972).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bob Seagren
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Bob Seagren
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

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