Les Laing

Leslie “Les” Laing passed away at age 95 on Sunday (7 Feb).

Laing was a member of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning mile relay team at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Christopher Samuda paid tribute to Les Laing.

“The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) mourns the loss of a member of our household but celebrates the life he lived inspiringly on the track which mirrored the personality of this son of Linstead. 

Leslie Alphonso Laing’s feats as an Olympian are well documented, and we salute him with grateful hands. But more importantly, it is the spirit of the gentlemen which has inspirited generations of athletes and earned the abiding respect of a nation. 

In a world where recorded statistics of sporting achievements are understandably cited in praise of men, the JOA reflects deeply and respectfully on Laing’s self-sacrificial service to his country and the soul of his ground-breaking feet. 

An elder has transitioned from the Olympic village and now sleeps restfully in the sanctuary after a faithful mortal run. May generations continue to reverence his legacy.”

Christopher L. Samuda


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