Leslie Laing

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Leslie Laing
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Jamaica Jamaica
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki 4x400 m relay

Leslie Alphonso "Les" Laing (19 February 1925 – 7 February 2021) was a Jamaican athlete and a winner of gold medal in 4 × 400 m relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Born in Linstead, Jamaica, Laing previously competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics, where he finished sixth in 200 m and was eliminated in the heats of 100 m. He probably missed a medal when Arthur Wint pulled a muscle in the 4 × 400 m relay final.[1] At the Helsinki Olympics, Laing was fifth in the 200 m and ran the second leg in the Jamaican 4 × 400 m relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 3:03.9.[2] In 2005 he was inducted into the Central American and Caribbean Confederation Hall of Fame.[3]

He died twelve days short of his 96th birthday.

Competition record[]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing Jamaica Jamaica
1948 Olympics London, England 4th, Heat 1 100 m 11.0
1948 Olympics London, England 6th 200 m 21.8


  1. ^ "History: Epic Run at Helsinki". Caribbean Olympics Coverage 2008. Gleaner Company. 2008. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Zatopek In 3rd Olympic Distance Win". Lodi News-Sentinel. Lodi, California. 28 July 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.athlecac.org/%5Cestadisticas%5Cnews%5CrNews.asp?News=75&Lang=ENG

External links[]

  • Leslie Laing at the International Olympic Committee
  • Les Laing at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)

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