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London 1948 - 400m, Gold Medalist; Helsinki 1952 - 4x400m, Gold Medalist
As A.S Wint, he was a dominant figure at Boys Championships for Calabar and Excelsior High Schools. As Arthur Wint, he made history for Jamaica in the 1948 Olympics in London. The Plowden, Manchester native had blossomed while in the Royal Air Force and while a medical student in England and in the 400 metre final upset his more highly ranked teammate Herb McKenley in 46.2 seconds. Incredibly, it was Jamaica’s maiden voyage to the Games.
A doctor by profession, Arthur also placed second in the 800 in both the 1948 and 1952 and crowned his athletic career with a gold medal in the celebrated world record 4×400 metre run in 1952. His record of winning gold in the 400 and silver in the 800 in 1948 wasn’t surpassed until 1976 when Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena did the 400-800 double in Montreal.
Doctor Wint also served Jamaica as Jamaica High Commissioner from 1974 to 1978 and as a valuable member of its health services, treating many in Hanover, St Catherine and at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. He died in 1992.