George Mattos, 83, former Olympic pole-vaulter


Associated Press/file 1956


CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Two-time Olympic pole-vaulter George Mattos has died at age 83.

Relatives said the Pole Vault Hall of Fame member died Oct. 18 in southern Oregon, where he had lived for two decades. He had prostate cancer.


In the Olympics, Mr. Mattos finished ninth in 1952 in Helsinki and fourth in 1956 in Melbourne. Fellow American Bob Richards took gold both times.

Mr. Mattos starred at San Jose State after edging future ‘‘I Spy’’ actor Robert Culp to win the 1947 California high school championship.

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