Don Bragg (Penns Grove15 may 1935) is a former American athletewho competed mainly in the pole vault. From 1954 to 1960 he belonged to the World Summit. He represented the United States at the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960 and won a gold medal.


Bragg was among the last strong high jumping pole vault who used a steel pole vault. In 1960 he improved the world record by scoring 4.80 m at the Olympic trials, after which he won a gold medal in Rome with a jump of 4.70. In 1959 he spent in Philadelphia the world indoor record 4.81.

With its length of 1.91 metres was one of the longest pole Bragg high jumping in history. When he studied on the Villanova University, he won the NCAAChampionship in 1955 and was from 1955 to 1957 IC4A champion (in-and outdoor).

He was nicknamed "Tarzan" because he when crossing the bar the Tarzan cry let out. [1Bragg's dream was to play a role in this film. This dream is not fulfilled. He later became Athletics Director at the Stockton State College (N.J.), owner of a summer camp site and author of the book A Chance to Dare: The Don Bragg Story.


  • Olympic champion pole vaulter-1960
  • NCAA-champion pole vault-1955
  • American Champion pole vault-1959
  • American indoor pole vault champion-1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961

World records[Edit]Edit

  • 4.81 m (2 July 1960)

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