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Frank Foss

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrank Kent•Foss
Used nameFrank•Foss
Born9 May 1895 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died5 April 1989 in Hinsdale, Illinois (USA)
Measurements172 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsChicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Frank Foss of Cornell and the Chicago AA was the first man to win an Olympic pole vault gold medal with a new world record. At Antwerp he cleared 13-5 (4.09) to beat the unofficial world record of 13-3½ (4.05), which Foss had himself set the previous year. Foss also shared the 1915 IC4A title, won it outright in 1916, and was AAU champion in both 1919 and 1920.

Personal Bests: PV – 13-5 (4.09) (1920).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Frank Foss
Pole Vault, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1920 Summer Olympics 20 August 1920 Athletics Pole Vault, Men Final Round 4.00! / xxo 1
1920 Summer Olympics 20 August 1920 Athletics Pole Vault, Men Final Round 4.09 / xxo WR 1