Frank Foss (athlete)

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Frank Foss
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold Antwerp 1920 Pole vault
Frank Foss (1920).

Frank Kent Foss (May 9, 1895 – April 5, 1989) was an American athlete who competed in the men's pole vault. He competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics and won gold, beating Danish pole vaulter Henry Petersen. Foss set a world record in winning the event with a height of 4.09 m (13 ft 5 in). After clinching the victory with a height of 13 feet, 3 and 5/6 inches, he made the new record height on his third attempt. He had already entered the Olympics as the world record holder at 4.05 m (13 ft 314 in).

Foss graduated from Cornell University in 1917, where he was also a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He was the IC4A Champion in 1916 after tying for the first the year before.[1] He was the AAU champion in 1919 and 1920.[2]

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and died in Hinsdale, Illinois.

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  1. ^ "Frank Foss Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". 1989-04-05. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Statistics - USA Outdoor Track & Field Champions". USATF. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 

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