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Neville Myton: A selfless contributor to athletics | Sports activities

Jamaica has misplaced one more iconic observe and discipline determine following yesterday’s passing of Olympian Neville Myton, who misplaced his lengthy battle with most cancers. He was 74 years previous.

Myton, who represented Jamaica on the 1964 Olympic Video games in Tokyo, the place he competed as a schoolboy within the 800m and 1,500m, adopted up that look within the 800m on the 1968 Olympic Video games, which came about in Mexico Metropolis.

He gained gold within the 800m and 4x400m on the 1966 Central America and Caribbean Video games and likewise gained a relay bronze medal on the Pan American Video games a 12 months later.

Within the 1,500m, he managed a silver medal on the 1964 British West Indies Championships and gold on the 1965 championships.

Thought-about by many to be one in every of Jamaica’s best ever schoolboy athletes, Myton, whose 1:46.60 nonetheless stands because the nationwide junior report within the 800m, was, in 2006, awarded the Nationwide Award of the Order of Distinction, Officer Class, by the Jamaican Authorities.

Myton’s impression on Jamaican athletics was hailed by Jamaica Olympic Affiliation (JOA) President Christopher Samuda, who described the previous middle-distance star for instance for aspiring athletes and a selfless contributor to the game.

“He represented a mannequin in observe and discipline, and generations of youth who are actually aspiring to the Olympics stage ought to take notice and digest the traits, the attributes, the mettle of the person,” Samuda mentioned.

“He all the time mentioned to me that he felt it was his responsibility to present again, an obligation which went above self, and that’s one thing that we should study within the growth of sport. Self comes second and the curiosity of others comes first, and he exemplified this,” Samuda added.

“Neville’s contribution goes to be large, and I say that within the current tense becaus his demise actually just isn’t the demise of his contributions and his legacy continues, so we’ll proceed to really feel the presence of Neville, and we’ll proceed to be the beneficiaries of his successes in addition to his generosity, and I’m certain that observe and discipline will, on the applicable time, honour him,” he continued.

MENTORSHIP

Myton labored intently with a number of Jamaican athletes and was a mentor to sprinting famous person Veronica Campbell-Brown, Simone Facey, Shereefa Lloyd, amongst others.

He would have celebrated his seventy fifth birthday on Could 28.

Myton, who was born and raised in Outdated Harbour Bay in St Catherine, attended the Outdated Harbour Bay Main Faculty earlier than later learning at Excelsior Excessive Faculty regionally after which shifting to the US to attend Mesa Junior Faculty and San Jose State Faculty.

He later returned to Jamaica, the place he held a number of teaching jobs, most notably at Vere Technical.

Myton’s demise follows that of one other stalwart of Jamaican athletics, Dennis Johnson, who died on April 23.

andre.lowe@gleanerjm.com

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