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Cornelius ("Dutch") Warmerdam (June 22, 1915 – November 13, 2001) was a long time pole vault world record holder and is considered to be among the all time greatest vaulters.

He was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Dutch emigrants Adrianus and Gertrude Warmerdam. He grew up in Hanford, California. Because of his ancestry he was more commonly known to both friends and, later, to the media as "Dutch".

Warmerdam got his start in pole vaulting in his backyard using the limb of a peach tree and landing in a pit of piled up dirt. He was discovered by the local track coach and vaulted for Hanford High School until his graduation in 1932, after which he attended and vaulted for Fresno State University.

Vaulting throughout his career with a bamboo pole, Warmerdam was the first vaulter to clear 15 feet (4.57 m), accomplishing that feat at UC Berkeley on April 13, 1940. However, that achievement was not ratified for a world record, and his later vault of 4.60 m on June 29, 1940 was the first ratified jump over 15 feet. During his career, Warmerdam vaulted 15 feet 43 times in competition, while no other vaulter cleared the mark a single time. Warmerdam surpassed the pole vault record seven times in a four year span, and three of those marks were ratified as world records. His highest outdoor vault was 15' 7-3/4" (4.77 m), achieved at the Modesto Relays in 1942,[1] a record which stood until 1957 when Bob Gutowski broke the mark using a metal pole. Warmerdam won the James E. Sullivan Award in 1942, but was never able to compete in the Olympics because the 1940 and 1944 games were cancelled due to World War II, and by 1948 he was coaching professionally and therefore ineligible. However he continued competing as an early practitioner of Masters athletics. He still is ranked in the world all time top ten list in the M60 Decathlon.[2]

Warmerdam went on to coach track and field at Fresno State University until his retirement in 1980. Fresno State named its track stadium Warmerdam Field in his honor. Dutch is a member of several halls of fame, including the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Millrose Games Hall of Fame.

Warmerdam married Juanita Anderson on August 29, 1940, and they were married for 61 years until Dutch's death in Fresno, California, from Alzheimer's in 2001. Juanita continued to live in Fresno until her death on Valentine's Day in 2006. They left behind five children (Mark, Greg, Gloria, David, and Barry) and twenty grandchildren.


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Preceded by
United States Earle Meadows
Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
June 29, 1940 – April 27, 1957
Succeeded by
United States Bob Gutowski

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Peninsula On-line
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:22:30 -0800

... into the IAAF Hall of Fame including Valeriy Brumel, Glenn Davis, Heike Drechsler, Hicham El Guerrouj, Marita Koch, Robert Korzeniowski, Janis Lusis, Bob Mathias, Wilma Rudolph, Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Lasse Viren and Cornelius Warmerdam.

Athletics Weekly

Athletics Weekly
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:15:28 -0800

Also now among the 48 athletes in the Hall of Fame, which was started in 2012, are Robert Korzeniowski, Janis Lusis, Bob Mathias, Shirley Strickland de la Hunty and Cornelius Warmerdam. The former athletes are inducted following a process which ...
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:59:09 -0800

... le letton Janis Lusis (athlétisme/javelot), l'Américain Bob Mathias (athlétisme/décathlon), l'Américaine Wilma Glodean Rudolph (athlétisme/sprint), l'Australienne Strickland de la Hunty (athlétisme) et l'Américain Cornelius Warmerdam (saut à la ...


Tue, 11 Nov 2014 04:11:15 -0800

... Janis Lusis (spjut, Sovjetunionen), Bob Mathias (tiokamp, USA), Wilma Rudolph (sprint, USA), Shirley Strickland de Hunty (sprint och häcklöpning, Australien) och Cornelius Warmerdam (stav, USA). Lasse Virén tog OS-guld på både 5 000 och 10 000 ...

Hämeen Sanomat

Hämeen Sanomat
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 03:15:00 -0800

... Janis Lusis (keihäänheittäjä), amerikkalainen Bob Mathias (kymmenottelija), amerikkalainen Wilma Rudolph (pikajuoksija), australialainen Shirley Strickland de la Hunty (pikajuoksija ja aituri) sekä amerikkalainen Cornelius Warmerdam (seiväshyppääjä).
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:11:15 -0800

E' grazie a questa nuova chiave che si sono aperte le porte, ad esempio, a Cornelius Warmerdam, l'olandese volante di California che, attivo durante la seconda guerra mondiale, non ebbe la chance di salire sul podio olimpico e lasciò un lungo ...
Sportowetempo.pl -
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 03:37:30 -0800

... Robert Korzeniowski (Polska), Janis Łusis (ZSRR), Bob Mathias (USA, zmarł w 2006), Wilma Rudolph (USA, zmarła w 1994), Shirley Strickland de la Hunty (Australia, zmarła w 2004), Lasse Viren (Finlandia) i Cornelius Warmerdam (USA, zmarł w 2001).
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:00:54 -0800

... opgenomen in de Hall of Fame: Hicham el Guerrouj, Valeriy Brumel, Glenn Davis, Robert Korzeniowski, Janis Lusis, Bob Mathias, Wilma Rudolph, Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Cornelius Warmerdam en de legendarische Finse langeafstandsloper Lasse ...

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