BOA honour achievements of sprinter Emmanuel McDonald Bailey

09 December 2013 / 12:03

The British Olympic Association is honouring the achievements, contributions and character of Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, one of Great Britain's earliest sprint kings and Helsinki 1952 Olympic 100m bronze medallist who passed away last week at the age of 92.

Born in Trinidad, McDonald Bailey competed for Great Britain at the London 1948 Olympics, finishing sixth in the 100m before claiming bronze four years later in Helsinki.

Having held 16 British sprint titles between 1946 and 1953, he equalled American Jesse Owens’ 100m world record in 1951 with a time of 10.2 seconds, a mark he would jointly hold for the next five years.

The sprinter, also a member of Britain’s Royal Air Force before returning to Trinidad in 1963, passed away on December 4 surrounded by family and friends.

(L-R) The medallists show off their medals: Jamaica's Herb McKenley (silver), USA's Lindy Remigino (gold), Great Britain's Emmanuel McDonald-Bailey (bronze)