Robert Eugene "Bob" Richards (February 20, 1926 – February 26, 2023), nicknamed the "Vaulting Vicar" or the "Pole Vaulting Parson" in his competitive days, was an American athlete who was known for pole vaulting in the Olympics. He competed in the 1948 (where he won a bronze medal), 1952 (gold medal), and 1956 Summer Olympics (gold medal) as a pole vaulter, and as a decathlete in 1956.
In the 1984 United States presidential election, Richards ran for President of the United States on the far-right, white nationalist Populist Party ticket.
Richards was born in Champaign, Illinois. He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Richards died on February 26, 2023, a few days after his 97th birthday.
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- ↑ "746 F. 2d 656 – Populist Party v. Herschler". OpenJurist. Archived from the original on April 16, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
- ↑ "Willis Carto".
- ↑ Bob Richards Archived 2020-04-17 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
- ↑ "Bob Richards". Olympedia. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
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Media related to Bob Richards at Wikimedia Commons
- 1926 births
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- 1984 United States presidential candidates
- American Olympic bronze medalists
- American Olympic gold medalists
- American track and field athletes
- Medalists at the 1948 Summer Olympics
- Medalists at the 1952 Summer Olympics
- Medalists at the 1956 Summer Olympics
- People from Champaign, Illinois
- Politicians from Illinois
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