Hasely Crawford

Hasely Joachim Crawford TC ( born August 16, 1950 in San Fernando, Trinidad ) is a former athlete from Trinidad and Tobago. He is the first Olympic champion of his country, to the gold medal in the javelin Keshorn Walcott 2012, he was the only one.


Crawford began at the age of 17 years with the Athletics Training. His international career began in 1970 when he won the bronze medal at the British Commonwealth Games in the 100 meters. At the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 Crawford was forced to retire due to an injury the race after only 20 meters.

In 1975, Crawford joined the training group by the American Rob parks. Crawford ran a season only a few races. This tactic paid off: At the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976 Crawford won the 100 - meter race, becoming the first Olympic champion of his country. He also qualified for the 200 -meter final, participation had to cancel due to an injury in the race but.

Crawford's last success was the bronze medal over 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games in 1978. Though he took part in the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games, but both times could not qualify for the final run.

In his home Crawford is a national hero: he is depicted on a postage stamp and a sports stadium has been named after him.