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Charles Dvorak

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
SexMale
Full nameCharles Edward•Dvorak
Used nameCharles•Dvorak
Born27 November 1878 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died18 December 1969 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
AffiliationsMichigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor (USA) / Chicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

From the University of Michigan, Charles Dvorak was unfortunate not to win an Olympic medal in 1900. He went to the field on the Sunday for which the event had been scheduled only to be told that, for sabattarian reasons, the event would not be held that day. It was held, however, and Irving Baxter won with a modest vault of 10-10 (3.30) after Dvorak and his two colleagues, Bascom Johnson and Daniel Horton, had left the scene. The following day a “consolation” event was held, which Horton won at 11-3¾ (3.45) with Dvorak second at 11-1¾ (3.39). Four years later in St. Louis, under more organized circumstances, Dvorak won the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 11-6 (3.50) and had three failures at a new world record height of 12-2 (3.71). He also won the AAU in 1901 and 1903 and was in a six-way tie for first at the 1901 IC4A. He was the first vaulter to use a bamboo pole instead of the ash or hickory pole which had been in vogue for many years.

Personal Bests: PV – 11-9 (3.58) (1904).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics Special Scratch Pole Vault #2, Men Olympic (non-medal) 2 Representing United States    
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics Pole Vault, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1904 Summer Olympics 3 September 1904 Athletics Pole Vault, Men Final Standings 3.50 1
1904 Summer Olympics 3 September 1904 Athletics Pole Vault, Men Final Standings 3.50 1
1904 Summer Olympics 3 September 1904 Athletics Pole Vault, Men Final Standings 3.50 1
1904 Summer Olympics 3 September 1904 Athletics Pole Vault, Men Final Standings 3.50 1