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Jamacain Herb McKenley is the only man to have reached the finals of the Olympic 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. Even Michael Johnson didn’t achieve that, despite his PB of 10.09 seconds. Personally, if I was the USATF head relay coach, I would put MJ on the 3rd leg of the 4×100 meter relay: a long curve with 2 critical exchanges.
McKenley was also the first man to run the quarter mile under 46 seconds and under 45 seconds.
It took six tries in Olympic Finals to eventually win a Gold medal:
- 1948 Olympics London 200 meters
- 1948 Olympics London 400 meters – Silver
- 1948 Olympics London 4×400 meters – DNF (anchor leg pulled a hamstring)
- 1952 Olympics Helsinki 100 meters – Silver
- 1952 Olympics Helsinki 400 meters – Silver
- 1952 Olympics Helsinki 4×400 meters – Gold!
McKenley coached the Jamaican team from 1954 to 1973 upon his retirement. He also served as president of Jamaica’s Amateur Athletic Association for 12 years and was also a member of various committees of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, now called the International Association of Athletic Federations or simply IAAF.