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Herb McKenley

Full name: Herbert Henry "Herb" McKenley
Nickname(s): Hustling Herb
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: July 10, 1922 in Pleasant Valley, Clarendon, Jamaica
Died: November 26, 2007 in Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Affiliations: Illinois Fighting Illini, Champaign (USA)
Country: JAM Jamaica
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 3 Silver (4 Total)

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 4
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 400 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM AC
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Men's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Men's 400 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 1 Gold WR

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Final 2 10.4 10.80 2
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.4 10.74
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.5 10.72
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Five 1 QU 10.7 10.88

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L T(A 1/10)
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Final 4 21.3est at 0.24 1
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 21.4 21.4
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 21.3 21.6
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat One 1 QU 21.3 21.4

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM L T(A 1/10) T(A)
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Final 2 46.4 at 0.23 2
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 47.3 47.3
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 48.0 48.0
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Two 1 QU 48.4 48.6
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Final 2 =OR 45.9 4 46.20
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 46.4 46.53
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 47.4 47.56
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Five 1 QU 48.0 48.09

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10) T(A) ST
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica JAM Final AC DNF
1948 Summer 26 London Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:14.0 3:14.0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 1 WR 3:03.9 3:04.04 44,6
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:12.1 3:12.13
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