Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Les Laing has died at the of 95

By February 07, 2021

Leslie Alphonso "Les" Laing, a member of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning mile relay team at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki has died.

Laing, who was born in Linstead, St. Catherine would have been 96 on February 19.

Laing represented Jamaica at the Olympics in 1948 and 1952. In 1948, he was sixth in 200m.

In Helsinki, he was fifth in the 200 m and ran the second leg in the Jamaican 4 × 400 m relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 3:03.9.

He was inducted into the Central American and Caribbean Confederation Hall of Fame in 2005.

Laing is the third member of the relay team to have died. Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley died in 1992 and 2007, respectively. George Rhoden, the fourth member of the team and who held the 400m world record, is the only surviving member.

 

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