Milt Ottey

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMilton Bruce "Milt"•Ottey
Used nameMilt•Ottey
Born29 December 1959 in May Pen (JAM)
Measurements178 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsYork Optimists/Toronto/Transamerica Life TC
NOC Canada


Milt Ottey was a Canadian high jumper who competed at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, placing sixth in 1984. He was born in Jamaica, a cousin of famed Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey, but his family moved to Canada when he was 10. Ottey won the Commonwealth Games title in 1982 and 1986, and then finished third in 1990. He was world ranked #1 in 1982 and also was in the top 10 in 1983 and 1989.

In the United States Ottey attended college at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he won the 1982 NCAA Championships, and was also second in 1982 and at the 1981 NCAA Indoors. He was also the 1982 US National Champion.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.33 (1986).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Milt Ottey
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 6
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics CAN Milt Ottey
High Jump, Men (Olympic) 17 r1/2

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