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Mel Spence

Full name: Melville Emanuel Alfonso "Mel" Spence
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: January 2, 1936 in Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Died: October 28, 2012 in [unknown], Florida, United States
Country: JAM Jamaica
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Twin brother of Mal Spence.

Biography

Mel Spence was a top one-lap runner for Jamaica although for parts of his career he represented the West Indies Federation. He competed at the Pan American Games in 1955, 1959, 1963, winning a gold medal in the 4x400 in 1959 (for the West Indies), a silver in that event in 1955 (for Jamaica), and two bronzes in 1963 (for Jamaica), in the 400 metres and 4x400. He also placed fourth in the 1959 Pan Am 800. Spence ran for Arizona State University alongside his twin brother Mal. At the 1959 NCAA Championships Mel Spence was fourth in the 440 yards and fifth in the 880. He was a three-time Border Conference champion as part of the team’s mile relay in 1958, 1960 and 1961.

Personal Bests: 200 – unknown; 400 – 46.94 (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 4 h1 r1/4
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Men's 400 metres Jamaica JAM 4 h1 r3/4
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM AC
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 4

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat One 4 21.9 22.13

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 4 47.5 47.58
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 47.3 47.38
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Eight 2 QU 47.9 48.00

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) ST
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Jamaica JAM Final AC DQ [3:11.3] [3:11.50]
1956 Summer 20 Melbourne Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat Three 2 QU 3:11.0 3:11.07
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 4 3:02.3 45,2
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat Three 3 QC 3:05.3
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