Wendell Mottley

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameWendell Adrian•Mottley
Used nameWendell•Mottley
Born2 July 1941 in Port of Spain, Port of Spain (TTO)
Measurements173 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsYale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
NOC Trinidad and Tobago
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


Wendell Mottley won two Olympic medals in the 400 and 4x400 at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He also earned two gold medals in similar events at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, helping Trinidad & Tobago set a world record in the 4x440 yard relay. An economics major at Yale University, this was all a prelude to greater accomplishments. At Yale he was a three-time Heptagonal Champion in the 440 yards.

After graduating from Yale Mottley earned a masters’ degree in economics from Cambridge University. He captained the track team at Cambridge and became lifelong friends with his counterpart at Oxford, Jeffrey Archer, the novelist. Mottley worked in London for several years but then returned to Trinidad in 1969 where he started a business career in housing development.

His work in housing led Mottley to begin a career in government service, becoming Minister of Housing in 1981, serving until 1986. From 1991-96 he was Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Finance. In 1996 Mottley joined Credit Suisse bank in New York, as a managing director in investment banking, and overseeing their financing projects in the Caribbean.

Mottley has also served as a board member of the World Wildlife Fund, a member of the Asa Wright Beard Foundation, the leading environmental group in the Caribbean, and sits on the leadership council of the Yale School of Forestry.

Personal Best: 400 – 44.82y (1966).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics TTO Wendell Mottley
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Trinidad and Tobago 3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1964 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony TTO Wendell Mottley

Special Notes


Date of birth is uncertain. Commonwealth Games data also has a DOB of 2 July 1942, but multiple sources confirm the DOB listed above.