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McDonald Bailey

Full name: Emmanuel McDonald Bailey
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: December 8, 1920 in Hardbargain, Williamsville, Rio Claro-Mayaro, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: December 5, 2013 in Port of Spain, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Affiliations: Polytechnic Harriers, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

McDonald Bailey was a native Trinidadian sprinter who competed for Britain in the Olympics because Trinidad & Tobago did not yet have a National Olympic Committee. After finishing sixth in the men's 100 metres at the 1948 Olympics, Bailey returned in 1952 to win a bronze medal. He also just missed the podium in the 200 and 4×100 relay, placing fourth in both events. Between Olympics, Bailey had tied the world record of 10.2 for 100 metres, recording that time in an international match against Yugoslavia in Belgrade on 25 August 1951. He also recorded numerous un-ratified European records, with three marks in the 100 (1946, 1947, 1950), and six marks in the 200 in 1950-52. Between 1946-52 Bailey won 14 individual British sprint titles, winning the 100 and 220 yards in 1946-47, and 1949-53;

After serving in Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF), Bailey played professional rugby league for a bit and then returned to Trinidad in 1963 and spent the rest of his life on the Caribbean island. In 1977 he was awarded Trinidad & Tobago's Chaconia Medal for service to the islands.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 10.2 (1951); 200 – 20.9 (1950).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 27 London Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 6
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Men's 100 metres Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Men's 200 metres Great Britain GBR 4
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank ATM L T(H) T(A 1/10) T(A)
1948 Summer 27 London Athletics Great Britain Final 6 at 0.31 5
1948 Summer 27 London Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU at 0.11 10.6
1948 Summer 27 London Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 QU at 0.20 10.6
1948 Summer 27 London Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Six 1 QU 10.5 10.7
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Final 3 5 10.4 10.83
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.5 10.74
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.5 10.73
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 QU 10.4 10.65

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Final 4 21.0 21.14 3
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 21.3 21.46
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 21.0 21.27
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain Round One Heat Thirteen 1 QU 21.4 21.66

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 4 40.6 40.85 1
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 41.0 41.24
1952 Summer 31 Helsinki Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Two 1 QU 41.2 41.43