Don McFarlane

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDonald Cecil "Don"•McFarlane
Used nameDon•McFarlane
Born18 May 1926 in London, Ontario (CAN)
Died5 March 2008 in London, Ontario (CAN)
AffiliationsWestern Ontario Mustangs, London (CAN)
NOC Canada


Don McFarlane starred for the University of Western Ontario in both football and track, winning nine varsity letters while at Western. He was an all-star fullback who played on four winning Yates Cup Championship teams – 1946-47, and 1949-50. In track he was a long sprinter, with range up to 800 metres. After college he attended medical school at Western and became a highly respected ophthalmologist. His brother, Bob, was also a top track athlete and football player, also competed at the 1948 Olympic Games, and also became a surgeon.

Personal Bests: 220y – 21.9 (1949); 400 – 47.9 (1948); 800 – 1:56.0 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Don McFarlane
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h8 r1/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Canada 5
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Canada 3 h2 r1/2

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