Memorable National Moments – Hasley’s Olympic Gold

Memorable National Moments – Hasley’s Olympic Gold

Our National Sporting heroes Blaze a trail of Red White & Black around the world….Hasely Joachim Crawford was born 16 August 1950 and is a former track and field athlete from Trinidad and Tobago. In 1976, he became his country’s first Olympic champion and the first Olympic Gold 100m champion from a Caribbean country. Crawford ran for Eastern Michigan University under coach Bob Parks during his college years.

After finishing as the runner up at the 1975 Pan American Games in the 100 metres, Crawford was added to the team of American coach Bob Parks. His new coach prepared him for the 100 metres and 200 metres events at the 1976 Summer Olympics with a strategy of only allowing him to run in a few races during the season. This tactic paid off, as Crawford, in the outside lane 1, narrowly won the 100 metres final in a time of 10.06 seconds, just 0.02 seconds in front of Don Quarrie of Jamaica, winning Trinidad and Tobago’s first Olympic gold medal.

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