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Late Les Laing hailed as monitor ‘hero’

THE late Olympic gold medallist Leslie Alphonso Laing, who handed this previous weekend at age 95, has been hailed as “a hero” by The Olympians Affiliation of Jamaica (OAJ), says President Marvin Anderson.

Laing, who was a part of the Jamaican workforce to win gold medal on the 1952 Olympic Video games in Helsinki, Finland within the 4x400m relays, was additionally described as “one of many nation’s Olympic pioneers”, whereas Garth Gayle, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation (JAAA), mentioned the Linstead, St Catherine, native was “a large of a person” of whose kindness many had been the beneficiaries.

Laing was a member of the mile relay workforce that included Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley and George Rhoden that set a world report three minutes, 03.9 seconds. Anderson mentioned: “His heroic relay run of 47 seconds flat was all of the extra exceptional as a result of he was a specialist 200 metres man.”

A launch from the OAJ mentioned Laing leaves behind “a considerable legacy from his days on the monitor. Whereas many Jamaican monitor stars emerged from the US faculty circuit, the Linstead native rose to prominence in Britain as a member of the Polytechnic Harriers Athletic Membership in London. Fittingly, he made his Olympic debut in that metropolis in 1948, putting sixth within the 200 metres closing”, behind McKenley, who was fourth.

The OAJ mentioned it was an harm to Wint on the London Video games in 1948 which prompted “Laing and his teammates to vow to return and win 4 years later in Helsinki, Finland. Working sooner in each spherical, Laing grew to become the primary Jamaican to achieve an Olympic dash closing twice and improved his end to fifth place. Regardless of his quick stature, he delivered a stout-hearted second-leg run to assist Jamaica to fulfil the promise made in London”.

At 5”4′ Laing was the shortest of the 4 Jamaicans on the 4x400m workforce and was recognised by the revered US publication Observe and Discipline Information which listed him in its annual world rankings thrice — at quantity 9 in 1948, quantity 10 in 1949 and at quantity 9 as soon as extra in 1953.

Anderson mentioned, “his accomplishments paved the way in which for Jamaica within the sprints. Actually, no different Jamaican would attain back-to-back Olympic 200 finals till Don Quarrie did it in 1976 and 1980. Mr Laing was a pioneer who confirmed us what was potential for us within the 200m”.

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