Track star Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam vaults during a meet in the 1940s in Fresno. Warmerdam was the first man to clear 15 feet in 1940 and set the world record in the pole vault at 15-7 3/4 for outdoor competition in 1942. His record stood for 15 years. He also held the world indoor record at 15-8 1/2.
Track star Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam vaults during a meet in the 1940s in Fresno. Warmerdam was the first man to clear 15 feet in 1940 and set the world record in the pole vault at 15-7 3/4 for outdoor competition in 1942. His record stood for 15 years. He also held the world indoor record at 15-8 1/2.
Track star Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam vaults during a meet in the 1940s in Fresno. Warmerdam was the first man to clear 15 feet in 1940 and set the world record in the pole vault at 15-7 3/4 for outdoor competition in 1942. His record stood for 15 years. He also held the world indoor record at 15-8 1/2.

Ron Agostini

May 08, 2008 9:35 AM

Bar set high, but 'Dutch' shattered it

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