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Les Carney

Full name: Lester Nelson "Les" Carney
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: March 31, 1934 in Bellaire, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Akron Track Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Although better known as a football player at Ohio University, Les Carney was a match for all but the very best of his contemporary sprinters. In 1959 he finished third in the AAU 200 m and NCAA 220y and placed second in the Pan American Games. In 1960, Carney took second place at the AAU and edged defending Olympic champion, [Bobby Morrow], out of third place in the 200 m at the Final Trials. In Rome, he took the silver medal, beating both of his teammates who had finished ahead of him at the Trials. Carney was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1958 but never played pro football. He has spent most of his career in Akron, Ohio, as a buyer for a major sporting goods firm.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.6 (1959); 100 – 10.3 (1956); 200 – 20.69 (1960).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics United States Final 2 20.6 20.69 6
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 21.1 21.24
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 20.9 21.06
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 21.1 21.31
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