Michael McDonald (athlete)

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Michael McDonald (athlete)
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Born March 17, 1975

Michael L. McDonald (born March 17, 1975 in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica) was a Jamaican athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.


He competed for Jamaica at the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, United States where he won the bronze medal in the men's 4 x 400 metres relay with his team mates Roxbert Martin, Greg Haughton and Davian Clarke.

A brother of Beverly McDonald he won a gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in the 4 x 400 metres relay event and broke the Commonwealth Games record.


Both at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics held in Athens, Greece, and at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics held in Sevilla, Spain, the Jamaica 4x400 team won originally the bronze medal, but the USA 4x400 team, which originally finished first in 4x400 m relay, was disqualified in 2008 due to Antonio Pettigrew confession of using human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003. Therefore, the silver medal was later awarded to the team from Jamaica.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
1991 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st 800 m 1:56.02
3rd 1500 m 4:20.8
1992 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Nassau, Bahamas 6th 800 m 1:58.59
1993 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Fort-de-France, Martinique 1st 800 m 1:51.43
1st 4x400 m relay 3:10.26
1994 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bridgetown, Barbados 4th 200 m 21.75
1st 400 m 47.02
1st 4x400 m relay 3:09.47
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st 400 m 46.2
World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 1st 400 m 45.83
1995 Pan American Games Mar del Plata, Argentina 2nd 4x400 m relay 3:02.11
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 4x400 m relay 2:59.88
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 7th (sf) 400 m 45.48
3rd 4x400 m relay 2:59.42
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 8th (sf) 400 m 45.74
2nd 4x400 m relay 2:56.75 NR
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st 4x400 m relay 2:59.03 GR
1999 Central American and Caribbean Championships Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 400 m 45.21
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st 4x400 m relay 2:57.97 GR
World Championships Seville, Spain 6th (qf) 400 m 45.87
2nd 4x400 m relay 2:59.34
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 4x400 m relay 3:04.85 (h)
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd (h) 400 m 45.02

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