Off-list, Ken Stone has passed along news of the death, on January 10th, of
former pole vault world record holder George Varoff. The AP obit says
Varoff set his record of 14'6"* (4.43m) in 1936.

To help put Varoff in context, here are the world records performances from
14' to 15':

4.30  (14'1 5/8")       William Miller  USA     1932-07-16      Stanford
4.30  (14'1 5/8)        William Graber  USA     1932-07-16      Stanford
4.37  (14'4 3/8")       William Graber  USA     1932-07-16      Stanford
4.39  (14'5 1/8")       Keith Brown     USA     1935-06-01      Cambridge
4.43  (14'6 1/4")*      George Varoff   USA     1936-07-04      Princeton
4.45  (14'7 3/8")       William Sefton  USA     1937-04-10      Los Angeles
4.48  (14'8 1/2")       Earle Meadows   USA     1937-05-08      Stanford
4.48  (14'8 1/2")       William Sefton  USA     1937-05-08      Stanford
4.54  (14'11")          William Sefton  USA     1937-05-29      Los Angeles
4.54  (14'11")          Earle Meadows   USA     1937-05-29      Los Angeles
4.57  (15')             Dutch Warmerdam USA     1940-04-13      Berkeley

Vault statistician Gerard Dumas provided this additional information about
Varoff's career:

Year    Best Mark           Dates and Venues.         World ranking.

1933    13'3 3/4"  4.05m    (1)    29.04 San Francisco  26th
1934    13'0"      3.96,2m         unverified.
1935    12'6"      3.80,9m           "    "
1936    14'6 1/2*  4.43,1m  (1)    04.07 Princeton      1st
1937    14'7 5/8"  4.46,1m  (4)    03.07 Milwaukee      4th
1938    14'4 1/2"  4.38m    (1)    11.09 Milano,Italy   4th
1939    14'4"      4.36,8m  (1=)   22.04 Eugene         5th

* - I don't have an explanation for the differences in the exact height,
from source to source: probably another instance of repeated conversions
giving different calculations.



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