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Lindy Remigino

Born: June 3, 1931

 

A shocking upset in the closest race in Olympic sprint history etched Lindy Remigino's name in the annals of the sport.

 

On the heels of a runner-up finish in the 100y at the 1952 Olympic Trials that surprised many, the Manhattan College junior then sprinted to gold in Helsinki Olympics in 10.4, edging Jamaica's multi-talented Herb McKenley in a final that saw the top four finishers all awarded the same time. Later examination of the electronic times showed that Remigino's time was 10.79, .01 ahead of McKenley.

 

In the 4x100m relay, his storming third leg carry put the U.S. in position to win, and Andy Stanfield sealed the gold on anchor to give Remigino two Olympic golds.

 

After graduating from Manhattan, Remigino, who was named after aviation legend Charles Lindbergh, became a physical education teacher and track and field coach at Hartford Public High School, his alma mater. His teams there won 31 state titles and he guided 157 athletes to individual state championships.

 
 
 















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