Herb Mckenley's final race


By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgOne of Jamaica's and the world's most outstanding track athletes, Olympian Herb Mckenley, died recently at the age of 85. Know also as a remarkable coach and motivator, Mckenley, will be laid to rest on Saturday December 8.

The former Calabar coach and President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Circle in an official send off funeral.

Mckenley who was one of the greatest all round athletes of the 20th century was best remembered for his scorching third leg on Jamaica's mile relay team that struck gold at the 1952 Olympics. His passing came after complications of pneumonia, according to family spokesperson, Howard Aris, president of the JAAA.

Representing the black, green and gold in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki, Mckenley won a total of three silver medals and one gold at the Olympic Games. The Gold was achieved with team-mates Arthur Wint, Lais Laing and George Rhoden.

The legend and Icon that he was, Mckenley is also responsible for guiding athletes such as Daniel England, Howard 'Bird man' Davis, Norman Morse, Ali Watson, Carl Smith, Stanley Goodrich and John Messam.

An old Jamaican 'nine night' send off ceremony will be held on Friday night, December 7, inside the National Arena, culminating with native traditional dances and folk rituals, the way Herb would appreciate it.