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Don Quarrie

Full name: Donald O'Reilly "Don" Quarrie
Nickname(s): DQ
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 25, 1951 in Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Affiliations: USC Trojans, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: JAM Jamaica
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Cousin of Phil Brown.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Don Quarrie was one of the world’s top sprinters in the 1970s. At only 17-years-old, he was set to compete at the 1968 Olympics, but a training injury caused him to miss the Games. Quarrie came to prominence at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, where he won both sprint titles and anchored the Jamaican 4x100 m relay team to the gold medal. Quarrie repeated his sprint double at the 1971 Pan American Games, equaling the 200 m world record of 19.8 in the final. Quarrie was one of the favorites for Olympic sprint golds at the 1972 Olympics, but a pulled muscle in a 200 semi caused him to abandon the race.

In 1974, Quarrie became the first athlete to defend the sprint titles at the Commonwealth Games. In 1975, he again equaled the 200 m world record of 19.8 and equaled the 100 m world record of 9.9 at the California Relays just before the 1976 Montréal Olympics. At the 1976 Olympics Quarrie was injury-free and won the 200 title, but settled for a silver medal in the 100 behind [Hasely Crawford].

At the 1978 Commonwealth Games, Quarrie won his third consecutive 100 m crown. He competed at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics, but was past his prime, winning only a 200 bronze in 1980 and a sprint relay silver in 1984. Quarrie won US AAU titles in the 200 in 1971 and 1974-75, and in the 100 in 1975 and 1977. He was selected as Jamaican Sportsman of the Year in 1970-71 and 1975-77. After his athletics career, Quarrie was active with the Jamaican Amateur Athletics Association.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.07 (1976); 200 – 19.86 (1971).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM AC h1 r3/4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 2 Silver
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 1 Gold
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 5
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Men's 100 metres Jamaica JAM 5 h1 r3/4
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 3 Bronze
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 4 h1 r1/2
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 200 metres Jamaica JAM 7 h2 r3/4
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Jamaica JAM 2 Silver

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Final 2 10.08 4
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 10.26 5
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.33 8
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Four 1 QU 10.38 3
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One 5 10.55 1
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 10.29 7
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Seven 2 QU 10.37 4

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank L T(A)
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat One AC DNF 5
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 QU 8 20.43
1972 Summer 21 München Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Two 1 QU 7 21.04
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Final 1 2 20.23
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 7 20.48
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 7 20.28
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 5 20.85
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Final 3 4 20.29
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 3 20.76
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 5 20.89
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4 20.87
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Semi-Finals Heat Two 7 1 20.77
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 QU 5 20.57
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica Round One Heat Six 1 QU 4 20.84

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1980 Summer 29 Moskva Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat One 4 39.71 4
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 2 38.62 1
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica JAM Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 38.67
1984 Summer 33 Los Angeles Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat Three 1 QU 38.93

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica JAM Final 5 3:02.84 46.3
1976 Summer 25 Montréal Athletics Jamaica JAM Round One Heat One 3 QU 3:03.86
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