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Herb McKenley

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 3
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHerbert Henry "Herb"•McKenley
Used nameHerb•McKenley
Nick/petnamesHustling Herb
Born10 July 1922 in Pleasant Valley (JAM)
Died26 November 2007 in Kingston (JAM)
Measurements185 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsIllinois Fighting Illini, Champaign (USA)
NOC(s) Jamaica

Biography

Herb McKenley was a legendary runner in Jamaica, winning everything available to him except an individual gold medal. He attended Boston College and won the AAU Championship in 1945 and 1947-48, after finishing as runner-up in 1944 and 1946. He is uniquely the only man to have made the final round at the Olympics in all three sprints – 100, 200, and 400, and in 1951, at the Pan American Games, he was the bronze medalist in all three events. In 1948 he twice set individual world records, once for 400 metres (45.9) and once for 440 yards (46.0). He later became a track coach and administrator in his native Jamaica, and maintained a guiding hand in the track & field program at his alma mater, Calabar High School.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.3 (1949); 200 – 20.8 (1959); 400 – 45.7y (1948).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics 200 metres, Men Olympic 4 Representing Jamaica    
  400 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 100 metres Relay, Men Olympic Jamaica DNS
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Olympic Jamaica AC r2/2
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics 100 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Jamaica    
  200 metres, Men Olympic DNS
  400 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Olympic Jamaica 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1952 Summer Olympics 25 July 1952 Athletics 400 metres, Men Final 45.9 2
1952 Summer Olympics 26 July 1952 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Round One, Heat One 3:12.13 1
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Men Final 3:03.9 WR 1

Special Notes