Lindy Remigino

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Lindy Remigino
Lindy Remigino with mother and fiancee 1952.jpg
Remigino with mother Rose (left) and fiancée June Haverty in 1952
Personal information
BornJune 3, 1931 (1931-06-03)
Elmhurst, Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 11, 2018(2018-07-11) (aged 87)
Alma mater Manhattan College
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s)100 m, 200 m
ClubNYAC, New York
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 10.4 (1952)
200 m – 21.1 (1951) [1]
Medal record

Lindy John Remigino (June 3, 1931 – July 11, 2018) was an American track and field athlete, the 1952 Olympic 100 m champion.

Life and career

Remigino was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. [2] He was named after aviator Charles Lindbergh. [2] In 1952, while at Manhattan College he won the ICAAAA 220 championship, then placed close second to Morgan State's sprinter, Art Bragg, at the United States Olympic Trials. The expected main American contender for the Olympic title, Jim Golliday, was injured and did not qualify. In Helsinki, one of the leading American sprinters, Art Bragg, was injured prior to the Games, leaving two Americans, Dean Smith and Remigino to qualify for the final.

Out of the blocks, John Treloar took a step ahead, but Remigino the eventual Olympic champion and several more quickly picked up his pace, with Jamaica's Herb McKenley lagging well behind. By the 80 m mark, Remigino held a big lead: however, in his excitement at sight of the advancing tape, he pitched forward in a virtual lean. He therefore decelerated in the lean, and, as McKenley came quickly, at the tape no one was certain who won. The officials, however, agreed to award the gold medal to Remigino. The finish of the race was one of the closest in Olympic history with the first four clocked at the same time, 10.4, with the fifth and sixth runners only 0.1 behind in 10.5. Across Europe that Summer, Remigino defeated McKenley several times more in the 100, while McKenley defeated the new "World's Fastest Human" one time in the 200 m race. In Oslo, Norway, Remigino won in 10.2 s which would have equaled the 100-meters world-record, but an out of place wind-o-meter meant the time could not be ratified. His official best time was 10.4 s. [2]

In 1953, Remigino won both ICAAAA sprint championships. In 1955 he placed second to Bobby Morrow in the 100 US Nationals.[ citation needed ]

Following his running career, Remigino became a coach at the Hartford High School in Connecticut. [2]

Remingino died on July 11, 2018, at the age of 87. [3]

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