|Type||Competed in Olympic Games|
|Full name||Owen Guinn•Smith|
|Born||2 May 1920 in McKinney, Texas (USA)|
|Died||24 January 2004 in San Francisco, California (USA)|
|Measurements||187 cm / 79 kg|
|Affiliations||Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA) / California Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)|
Guinn Smith was the last man to win the Olympic pole vault title using a bamboo pole. He won the 1940 IC4A and tied for the NCAA title in 1941. Smith started out as a high jumper in college but switched to the pole vault when he realized how strong the high jump squad was at U Cal Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley in 1942 he was out of the sport for three years, during which time he won the Distinguished Flying Cross as a captain in the Army Air Corps. On his return to competition in 1947, Smith took the AAU indoor title and at the 1948 Final Trials he placed second with a career best of 14-8⅛ (4.47). At the Olympics he was trailing for much of the competition, but despite a painful knee injury, he was the only man to clear 14-1¼ (4.30), which he did on his last attempt.
Personal Bests: HJ – 6-5 (1.95) (1941); PV – 14-8⅛ (4.47) (1948); LJ – 22-9¼ (6.94) (1944).
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1948 Summer Olympics||Athletics||USA||Guinn Smith|
|Pole Vault, Men (Olympic)||1||Gold|