Brandon Richards

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Brandon Richards
Personal information
Full name Brandon Richards
Nationality  United States
Born (1967-02-06) February 6, 1967 (age 50)
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) Pole Vault

Brandon Richards (born February 6, 1967) is an American Track and Field athlete. He was the national high school record holder in the pole vault and a son of double Olympic Gold Medalist in the pole vault, Bob Richards.[1][2] He is the third of four of Richards' sons who all excelled at the pole vault—Bob Jr. finished second in 1968 and Tom won the CIF California State Meet in the pole vault.[3]

Richards began vaulting at age five[4] and by age 18, he vaulted 18 ft 2 in (5.54 m), which stood as the highest pole vault for a high schooler for 14 years.[5][6] The record still stands as third best jump for a high schooler[7] and the best ever by a Californian.[8] Richards also set the Indoor record in the pole vault at 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m),[9][10] which only lasted a year before Pat Manson marginally improved upon it, but it still ranks as the second best ever.[11]

Richards' high school record jump was set at an All-comers track meet in Eugene, Oregon, not in high school competition.[12] He chose not to compete for his San Marcos High School[13] team during his senior year.[4][14] As a junior, Richards was the Texas state champion at Midway High School.[15][16]

Richards' set his personal record five years later at 18 ft 4.5 in (5.601 m). That mark is the Richards family record, but not in contention with the 19-foot vaulters in the Olympics. He ranks number 260 on the all-time list.[17] Richards attended the University of California, Los Angeles,[18][19] where he is ranked as the #10 vaulter in school history.[20]


  1. ^ Archived from the original on 2012-07-17.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "USATF - Hall of Fame". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  4. ^ a b Chicago Tribune June 17, 1985
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2010-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Eshbach shatters vault mark - Lubbock Online - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Track and Field News
  8. ^ "All-Time Lists". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  9. ^,1012616 Gainesville Sun, March 18, 1985, P.33
  10. ^ "SPORTS NEWS BRIEFS; Richards Vaults To Record 17-6". The New York Times. March 18, 1985. 
  11. ^ Pole Vault Power
  12. ^ LA Times July 12, 1985
  13. ^ "John Uelses". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "The Rev. Bob Richards Won Two Olympic Golds: Now His Vaulting Ambition Is for Son Brandon :". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  15. ^ LA Times May 17, 1985
  16. ^ "UIL Boys Track & Field State Champions". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  17. ^ Al Time List
  18. ^ "Brandon Richards Signs With UCLA". Los Angeles Times. April 17, 1985. 
  19. ^ "Brandon Richards Pictures - Getty Images". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
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