Arthur Wint:  WHAT OTHERS SAY

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Roger Bannister

Bannister was the first man to break the 4-minute mile, in 1954. He knew Arthur, and speaks of him in his autobiography The Four-Minute Mile.

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I remember Arthur Wint's breakdown with muscle cramp in the 4 x 400 metres relay [London, 1948], when he was struggling to catch up with the Americans. This was perhaps the most moving and tragic moment of the whole Games. Within the space of a week Wint had completed the first round, semi-final and Final of the 400 metres, snatching victory in the last few strides from the favourite, his fellow Jamaican and world record holder, Herb McKenley.

Now with McKenley in his own team he was attempting to win the 4 x 400 metres relay title for the tiny island of Jamaica against the massed forces of the American team. ... No one in the American team could overtop the two giants, Wint and
McKenley.

Rhoden was the first runner for Jamaica and finished level with his American opponent, Harnden. The second Jamaican runner Laing, a sprinter gallantly trying to race twice his normal distance, handed over to Wint twelve yards behind Cochran, the American Olympic 400 metres hurdles champion. Could Wint and McKenley win this margin back from Cochran and Whitfield? It seemed unlikely ... With enormous strides he flashed around the first bend. Normally Arthur Wint's running seemed deceptively slow, but this time there was no mistaking his speed and urgency.

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CONTENTS

The Early Years
The War Years & RAF (Royal Air Force)
Athletics

Changing Gears to Medicine

Medical Career & Social Involvement

Later Years
What Others Say -- Roger Bannister

What Others Say -- Mal Whitfield

What Others Say -- Michael Manley

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