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Arthur Wint - Jamaica's first gold medalist

Arthur Wint - Jamaica's first gold medalist

In 1948 Arthur Wint won Jamaica's first gold at the London Olympics. He was the first of a long time of Jamaican track heroes, the Usain Bolt of his day, this is his story.



Arthur Wint was well known and loved in the UK and Jamaica. He is a first cousin to my father. I had noticed over the years while I was growing up, that when ever I went to a doctor and they heard that my name is Wint they showed very high regard and ninety percent of the time these were white Doctors.

His name was well known and highly respected. He is the most famous Wint in my family and I am very proud that I am family to him. The difference between him and bolt is that his win added to the British empires greatness, he made Britain greater. With bolt its Jamaica all the way along with the rest of the Jamaican team, have done a fantastic job for Jamaican pride. For too long Jamaicans have had bad press, but now every one is proud again, which can only help us to unify. I heard bolt mention that he would be the fastest president, I just hope that he lives up to it, because if it came down to a vote right now, to who was the worlds best diplomat, I would say Bolt. Whenever he looks back he will realise that it was Arthur Wint who opened the door and paved the way for him.