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Charlie Jenkins

Full name: Charles Lamont "Charlie" Jenkins, Sr.
Gender: Male
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: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Father of Chip Jenkins.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
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

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
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
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