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Cornelius Warmerdam
Personal information
Nickname(s) Dutch
Born June 22, 1915[1]
Long Beach, California[2]
Died November 13, 2001(2001-11-13) (aged 86)[2]
Fresno, California[2]
Height 6 ft (183 cm)[3]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)[3]
Country United States
Sport Track & Field
Event(s) Pole vault
Updated on 1 June 2015.

Cornelius ("Dutch") Warmerdam (June 22, 1915 – November 13, 2001) was an American track & field athlete and long-time pole vault world record holder who is considered to be among the all-time greatest vaulters. He is an inductee of the International Association of Athletics Federations' Hall of Fame.

Warmerdam 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,[4] 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.[5]

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.[3] 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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The Atlantic

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Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:56:15 -0800

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Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0800

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The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com

The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0700

Over time, pole vaulting changed radically, from the bamboo-pole exploits of Cornelius Warmerdam in the 1930s and '40s, through the steel-pole adventures of the Rev. Bob Richards and Don Bragg in the '50s, to the fiberglass pole, which has dominated ...
Herald Scotland
Fri, 11 May 2012 19:06:35 -0700

The 1924 Paris Olympic 400 metres champion, Eric Liddell, won on the Ibrox cinders, and a crowd of 50,000 saw the American, Cornelius Warmerdam, win the pole vault, using a bamboo pole and landing in sand. He set several world records, and was first ...


Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:15:00 -0700

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