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 (born 19 February 1925) is a former 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.[1]


  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.

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