Emmanuel McDonald Bailey has died aged 92

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Emmanuel McDonald Bailey sadly passed away aged 92 on Wednesday (December 5) night after years of ill health.

The Trinidadian-born sprinter represented Great Britain in the men’s 100 metres at the London 1948 Olympics where he finished sixth in the final.

Four years later though, in Helsinki, Bailey earned his greatest athletics achievement by bringing home bronze in the same event in the 1952 Olympics.

Bailey held an impressive record at the AAA Championships securing the sprint double on seven occasions, as well as jointly holding the 100 metre world record (10.2 seconds) with Jesse Owens between 1951 and 1956.

The former Trinidad and Tobago athlete is the only sprinter from his country of birth to hold a world record, which he recorded in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1951.

Bailey returned to Trinidad in 1963 and remained in touch with athletics coaching the Trinidad and Tobago track team that won three medals at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In 1977 he was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal in recognition of his contribution to the sport.

Bailey would have been 93 today (December 8), but died peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday evening.