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Ron Morris (athlete)

Ron Morris
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome Pole vault

Ron Morris (Ronald Hugh Morris; born 27 April 1935 in Glendale, California) is a retired American athlete who competed mainly in the pole vault.

He competed for the United States in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome, Italy in the pole vault where he won the silver medal.

Athletic and coaching experience includes:

  • 1952-1953 Two time California Interscholastic Pole Vault and U.S. Interscholastic Record Holder
  • 1955-1957 Twice Intercollegiate All-American and University of Southern California Pole Vault Record Holder
  • 1956 Sixth man in history to clear 15 feet
  • 1956-1966 Eight times AAU All-American - ranked in the top 10 in the world for ten years
  • 1960 Silver Medal in XVII Olympiad, Rome, Italy
  • 1962 Only World Class athlete to successfully convert from steel to fiberglass (ranked #1 in the world that year)
  • 1978 Ranked by Track and Field News
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