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Earle Meadows at the 1936 Olympics
June 29, 1913|
Corinth, Mississippi, United States
November 11, 1992 (aged 79)|
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
|Alma mater||University of Southern California.|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
|Club||USC Trojans, Los Angeles|
Meadows had a long rivalry with Bill Sefton, his teammate from the University of Southern California. They shared the AAU title in 1935 and the NCAA title in 1935 and 1936. In May 1937 they both set a new world record at 4.48 m and then at 4.54 m. Meadows set two more world records (indoor) in 1941, winning three more times.. In 1948 he cleared 4.42 m, but later finished only sixth at the Olympic trials and thus was left out of the Olympic team. In retirement he ran a musical instrument business in Texas. He was Inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.
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Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
May 29, 1937 – April 13, 1940
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