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Herb McKenley
Birth: Jul. 9, 1922
Clarendon, Jamaica
Death: Nov. 26, 2007
Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaican Olympic Athlete. He was one of the first Jamaicans to win an Olympic Medal and first man ever to break the record in the 400-meters. Attending the University of Illinois, he won the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships for the 220 and 440-meter dash in 1946 and 1947. He was also the Amateur Athletic Union Champion in the 440-yard dash in 1945, 1947 and 1948. At the London Olympics 1948, he won a silver medal in the 400-meter sprint. In 1952, at the Olympic games Finland, he won a silver medal in the 100-meter sprint and with fellow Jamaican Arthur Wint he won the gold medal in the 1600-meter relay setting a New World record. After retiring from sports, he coached several national teams and was president of Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) from 1954 to 1973. In 2004, he was conferred with Jamaica's Honor of Merit Award. He died from kidney failure. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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National Heroes Park
Kingston
Kingston, Jamaica
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Nov 28, 2007
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Herb McKenley
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Herb McKenley
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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