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Sabin W. Carr

Sabin W. Carr (Track and field.  Born, Dubuque, IA, Sept. 4, 1904; died, Ventura, CA, Sept. 11, 1983.)  As the best pole vaulter of his era, Sabin William Carr became a U.S. gold medal Olympian.  Carr was also the first vaulter to clear 14’ (May 28, 1927, I.C.4A. meet at Philadelphia, Penna.).  He won the championship in that meet, then the most prestigious of the outdoor collegiate events, three years in a row (1926-28).  Carr set an indoor record at the 1927 New York Athletic Club Games in the Garden and broke it with a vault of 14’1” at the A.A.U. Nationals Feb. 25, 1928, also in the Garden.  Following his graduation from Yale, he won the gold with a then-Olympic record 13’9½” at the Amsterdam Games of 1928.

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