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Jamaicans in South Florida will be afforded the opportunity to pay respect to the late sports icon Herb McKenley, as a condolence book was opened on (Dec. 5) at the offices of the Consulate General in downtown Miami.
The book will remain open until Friday (Dec. 7) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Consul General, Ricardo Allicock, said it is an honor to pay tribute to Mr. McKenley, who was “the progenitor of Jamaica’s Olympic achievements.”
A legendary sports hero, Mr. McKenley had an enviable and accomplished career in track and field including Olympic gold in the 4x 400-metre relay in Helsinki in 1952. He earned silver medals in the 100 and 400 metres races at the same games.
Upon retirement from competition, Mr. McKenley remained involved in sports administration, serving as president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) and was coach for the national team from 1954 to 1973.
At the time, he managed a youth group that produced track and field greats such as Donald Quarrie, Lennox Miller and Merlene Ottey.
A graduate of Calabar High School, Mr. McKenley also earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in the United States.
Mr. McKenley died last Monday (Nov. 26) at the age of 85 at the University Hospital of the West Indies. He has been accorded an official funeral, which will be held on Saturday (Dec. 8) at the National Arena, with interment to follow at National Heroes Park.
He is survived by his wife, Beverley, four children and other family members.

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