Earle Meadows

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Earle Meadows
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 1936 Berlin Pole vault

Earle Elmer Meadows (June 29, 1913 – November 11, 1992) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault and broke the world record in 1937. He also cleared a height superior to the world record, but it was not ratified by the sport's governing body.

Meadows attended the University of Southern California.[1] He competed for the United States in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany in the pole vault where he won the gold medal.

His winning vault is featured in Leni Riefenstahl's film Olympia, followed by a close-up him saluting as the "Star Spangled Banner"" is played, crossfading to the US flag.


  1. ^ USC OLYMPIANS: 1904-2004, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 13, 2008.
Preceded by
United States Bill Sefton
Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
May 29, 1937 – April 13, 1940
Succeeded by
United States Cornelius Warmerdam