Full name: Charles Lamont "Charlie" Jenkins, Sr.
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: January 7, 1934 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Villanova Wildcats, Villanova (USA)
Country: United States
Related Olympians: Father of Chip Jenkins.
Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)
After placing second in the 1956 IC4A and AAU 400 m, and no better than third at the 1956 NCAA and Olympic Trials, Charlie Jenkins was a surprise winner of the Olympic title. His winning time of 46.7 was the slowest since 1928, but he showed a truer indication of his abilities with a 45.5 relay leg which gave him a second gold medal. While at Villanova, Jenkins won the AAU in 1955 and the IC4A in 1955 and 1957. Indoors he won the AAU 600 y three times and he set a world record for the 500 y in 1956. After his competitive days ended, Jenkins went into coaching and in 1981 he succeeded the legendary Jumbo Elliott as head coach at his alma mater. Jenkins's son, [Chip Jenkins], later made the Olympic team in his father's event, but with slightly less success.
Personal Bests: 200 – 21.3y (1955); 400 – 45.8y (1958).
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 400 metres||United States||USA||1||Gold|
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay||United States||USA||1||Gold|
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||United States||Final||1||46.7||46.86||4|
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||1||QU||46.1||46.19|
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||United States||Quarter-Finals||Heat Four||3||QU||47.5||47.63|
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Three||3||QU||48.7||48.82|
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||United States||USA||Final||1||3:04.8||3:04.81||45,5|
|1956 Summer||22||Melbourne||Athletics||United States||USA||Round One||Heat One||2||QU||3:10.6||3:10.60|