A DATE WITH HISTORY - 1948 LONDON GAMES
Herbert Henry “Herb” McKenley (July 10, 1922 – November 26, 2007) was a Jamaican athlete, winner of a gold medal in the 4x400 m relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics.
Born in Pleasant Valley, Clarendon, Jamaica, Herb McKenley enrolled at the University of Illinois and won the NCAA championships in 220 yd (200 m) and 440 yd (400 m) in 1946 and 1947.
He was also the AAU champion in the 440-yard dash in 1945, 1947 and 1948, and was also the head of the list of world best times in 100 m (10.3), 200 m (20.4) and 400 m (46.2) in 1947. He is the only person to have ever done this feat.
2 back to back years we missed regionals for the 4x4 by 1 or 2 spots. This year was going to make 3. 25th out of 24 teams. I secretly wanted to kill our teammate who blew out chance to qualify running like a high schooler at conference. To make matters even worse we got 3rd at conference 😒. Monday I was planning to go home, drink and be a bum until I leave for Oregon. As crazy as it sounds a team scratched Monday! The week of regionals! So we made it in. It’s crazy how god works