Fred Hansen

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Fred Hansen
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Full name Frederick Morgan Hansen
Born December 29, 1940 (1940-12-29) (age 74)
Cuero, Texas, U.S.

Frederick Morgan "Fred" Hansen (born December 29, 1940 in Cuero, Texas) is an American former athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault.

A 1963 graduate of Rice University, he competed for the United States in the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan in the pole vault where he won the gold medal.[1] He held the world record in the Pole Vault for almost 2 years.

He currently is a practicing dentist in Houston, Texas, in the Memorial area of town.

1964 Olympics[edit]

Going in to the 1964 Olympics, the United States had never lost an Olympic pole vault competition. In the final, the last remaining American was Hansen, who at the time was also the world record holder. The field included two other previous world record holders and decathlete C. K. Yang. Hansen cleared 5 meters on his first attempt, but so did three German athletes. Hansen then passed the next height, watching as only Wolfgang Reinhardt was able to clear. Re-entering the competition at 5.10, Hansen failed his first two attempts, but so did Reinhardt. Hansen then sailed over his final attempt, while Reinhart could not. Hansen continued the American streak, which would survive through one more Olympics until the 1972 pole vault controversy, when defending champion Bob Seagren had his pole confiscated at the games and had to compete on an unfamiliar, borrowed pole.


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games: Men's pole vault". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 

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Preceded by
United States John Pennel
Men's pole vault world record holder
June 13, 1964 – May 14, 1966
Succeeded by
United States Bob Seagren