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Arthur Wint

Full name: Arthur Stanley Wint
Nickname(s): Bumpy
Gender: Male
Height: 6-4 (194 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: May 25, 1920 in Plowden, Manchester, Jamaica
Died: October 19, 1992 in Linstead, Saint Catherine, Jamaica
Affiliations: Polytechnic Harriers, Westminster (GBR)
Country: JAM Jamaica
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Arthur Wint, or the Gentle Giant as he was known, came to prominence in 1937 when he was selected as the Jamaica Boy Athlete of the Year. The following year he won a gold medal in the 800 metres at the Central American Games, but then his athletics career was interrupted by World War II. In 1942 Wint joined the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and was sent to train in Canada, where he set a Canadian 400 metre record. After completing his training he was sent to Britain for active combat during the World War II as a pilot. He left the Royal Air Force in 1947 to attend St. Bartholomew's Hospital as a medical student. Wint returned to the international athletics scene in 1948, when Jamaica competed at the Olympics for the first time as an independent nation. At the Olympics Wint won Jamaica’s first Olympic gold in the 400 m, beating teammate Herb McKenley. In the 800 m he won silver and missed his third medal when he pulled a muscle in the 4x400 final. Four years later, in Helsinki, Wint was part of the team that set a world record in the 4x400 relay (3:03.9) while capturing the gold medal. He also repeated as silver medalist in the 800 metres. Wint won the British AAA titles over 440 yds in 1946 and 1952 and in the 880 in 1946 and 1950-51. Wint ran his final race in 1953, finished his internship, graduated as a doctor and the following year was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1955 Wint returned to Jamaica, eventually settling in Hanover as the only resident doctor in the parish. Later he served as Jamaica's High Commissioner to Britain and, from 1974-78, as ambassador to Sweden and Denmark. Wint was inducted in the Black Athlete’s Hall of Fame in the US in 1977, the Jamaica Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation Hall of Fame in 2003.

Personal Bests: 400 – 46.2 (1948); 800 – 1:48.9y (1951).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's 400 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's 800 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM AC
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Men's 400 metres Jamaica JAM 5
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Men's 800 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 1 Gold WR

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A 1/10) L T(A)
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica Final 1 =OR 46.2 46.3 3
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 46.3 46.5
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 47.7 47.9
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Nine 1 QU 47.7 47.7
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Final 5 47.0 2 47.24
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 46.3 46.38
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 46.9 46.98
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Three 1 QU 47.3 47.42

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) ATM T(A 1/10) T(A)
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica Final 2 1:49.5 at 0.28
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:52.7
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:53.9 1:54.0
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Final 2 1:49.4 1:49.63
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:52.7 1:52.88
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Five 2 QU 1:54.2

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank ST T(H) T(A 1/10) T(A)
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica JAM Final AC DNF DNF
1948 Summer 28 London Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:14.0 3:14.0
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 1 WR 46,8 3:03.9 3:04.04
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:12.1 3:12.13
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