RICHARDS Robert (1926) United States / Track and field
Richards is an American church minister who became double Olympic pole-vaulting champion in Helsinki in 1952 and in Melbourne four years later.He is a good sport and always charitable to his rivals. He actively cheers others on to encourage them to do as well as they can in competitions. This American's own performances are all the more creditable in that he still uses a metal pole whereas his rivals have turned to the new more flexible fibreglass poles. No wonder he thanks God after each of his vaults; his domination of the sport is something of a miracle.It must have seemed a miracle too that in his last vault that made him Olympic champion in Melbourne he touched the bar, but it stayed on its supports!