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USATF Hall of Famer Lindy Remigino dies at age 87

7/12/2018
 

Lindy Remigino, the 1952 Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meters and the 4x100 relay, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday, July 12. He was 87. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Newington, CT, at the time of his passing.

 

Born June 3, 1931 in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, the popular Manhattan College grad accepted his 2017 Hall of Fame ring and was present with his wife June at USATF’s Black Tie and Sneakers Gala at the famed Armory in NYC. Click here to view his acceptance speech.


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 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 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.


He is survived by his wife of 65 years, June, and five children: Mike, Kathryn, Betty, Linda and Patty.


A memorial service will take place Monday, July 16th at 11:00 a.m., ET at St. Mark the Evangelist, 467 Quaker Lane South, West Hartford, CT.  Reception to follow at the church hall.




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