Last Updated on April 20, 2013 by Jimson Lee
This is his story.
Jamacain Herb McKenley is the only man to have reached the finals of the Olympic 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters.
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.
If you are searching for actual races of Herb McKenley, you are better off buying Bud Greenspan’s Olympiad series. Otherwise, this is a great documentary of his life and his current status as a role model.
DVD: Duration 55 minutes
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