On the 100th year of the birth of Arthur Wint, Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Christopher Samuda wrote the below tribute.
Wint, born 25 May 1920 in Plowden, Manchester, won four Olympic Games medals (400m London 1984 and 4x100m gold Helsinki 1952) and 800m silver in London 1984 and Helsinki 1952.
He also won four Central and Caribbean Games titles.
The tribute below:
The Olympic Spirit in Wint
The length of his stride was not just in yards but in measureless value.
The depth of his footprints was not just earthbound but commanding.
The height of the man was not only imposing but inspiring.
The breadth of his integrity was not merely wide but all-embracing.
In Arthur Wint stood not only an Olympian but a gentleman whose character and scholarship went beyond his athletic achievements which were indeed august.
In Arthur Wint resides history and, at the same time, the future for his earthly run was historic as it was pioneering.
Statisticians will continue to record the times of his life with laser precision, and historians will scribe, with homage, his athletic pedigree and pilgrimage. But it is in the stature and honour of the man that we find his quintessential bequest.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth, we reflect, as an Olympic movement, on his life spent not only in sport but generally with humanity and are inspired beyond the centenary.
In Wint, the Olympic spirit ascends.
In Wint, the Olympic spirit transcends generations.
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