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Remembering Mal Whitfield
Remembering Mal Whitfield
Published: 2015/11/22
Channel: CNN
Olympics - 1948 London & 1952 Helsinki - 800m - USA Mal Whitfield & JAM Arthur Wint imasportsphile
Olympics - 1948 London & 1952 Helsinki - 800m - USA Mal Whitfield & JAM Arthur Wint imasportsphile
Published: 2016/02/19
Channel: Ima Sportsphile
London Olympics, Track and Field Events (1948)
London Olympics, Track and Field Events (1948)
Published: 2014/03/03
Channel: historycomestolife
Fredricka Whitfield
Fredricka Whitfield's father won gold in 1948 Olympics
Published: 2012/07/25
Channel: CNN
Remembering Douglas North, Mal Whitfield, Warren Mitchell, Saeed Jaffrey
Remembering Douglas North, Mal Whitfield, Warren Mitchell, Saeed Jaffrey
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
Sport in the Cold War Episode 11 - Mal Whitfield
Sport in the Cold War Episode 11 - Mal Whitfield
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: Cold War International History Project
Fredricka Whitfield: Responds To Trump Punching CNN WWE Video
Fredricka Whitfield: Responds To Trump Punching CNN WWE Video
Published: 2017/07/02
Channel: BEST NEWS USA!!!!
MAL GATES TALKS TOM WHITFIELD /
MAL GATES TALKS TOM WHITFIELD / 'INVINCIBLE' SHOW / FIGHITNG CHANCE / PEEP
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: peepmagazine.co.uk
CNN News Blooper Fredricka Whitfield Says the H Word
CNN News Blooper Fredricka Whitfield Says the H Word
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: SJKY408Transfer
An Interview With Fredricka Whitfield
An Interview With Fredricka Whitfield
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF
2Lt Malvin Whitfield - Tuskegee Airman Arlington National Cemetery
2Lt Malvin Whitfield - Tuskegee Airman Arlington National Cemetery
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: United States Air Force
CNN Fredricka Whitfield, "I misspoke"
CNN Fredricka Whitfield, "I misspoke"
Published: 2015/06/15
Channel: Daily News Drama
Hair Raising Hot Frederica Whitfield.
Hair Raising Hot Frederica Whitfield.
Published: 2016/02/25
Channel: Hey Duhrl
06/26/56 Arnie Sowell wins the 100 meter in the national AAU track and field championships
06/26/56 Arnie Sowell wins the 100 meter in the national AAU track and field championships
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: nutty.archives
CNN
CNN's Fredricka Whitfield Apology
Published: 2015/06/15
Channel: TMCNEWS
Before Usain Bolt - The First Jamaican Sprint Star Arthur Wint - London 1948 Olympics
Before Usain Bolt - The First Jamaican Sprint Star Arthur Wint - London 1948 Olympics
Published: 2013/02/26
Channel: Olympic
OBM - Athlete - Mal Whitfield
OBM - Athlete - Mal Whitfield
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: Our Best Moments
Fredricka Whitfield: 2017 Woman Making a Mark
Fredricka Whitfield: 2017 Woman Making a Mark
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: Atlanta Magazine
CNN Official Interview: Fredricka Whitfield speaks with Steve Harvey about his career
CNN Official Interview: Fredricka Whitfield speaks with Steve Harvey about his career
Published: 2010/12/16
Channel: CNN
Fredricka Whitfield looks at Chuck Brown
Fredricka Whitfield looks at Chuck Brown's career.
Published: 2012/05/19
Channel: CNN
MAL GATES TALKS AT COLLISION COURSE PRESS CONFERENCE / PEEP MAGAZINE
MAL GATES TALKS AT COLLISION COURSE PRESS CONFERENCE / PEEP MAGAZINE
Published: 2016/03/15
Channel: peepmagazine.co.uk
Olympics, Miss Universe
Olympics, Miss Universe
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
CNN - Suzanne Malveaux Fredricka Whitfield 10 23 10
CNN - Suzanne Malveaux Fredricka Whitfield 10 23 10
Published: 2010/10/27
Channel: racefanvideo
CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield 7/01/17 GOP LAWMAKERS BLAST TRUMP
CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield 7/01/17 GOP LAWMAKERS BLAST TRUMP'S TWEETS
Published: 2017/07/01
Channel: Law Abiding Citizen
CNN - Fredricka Whitfield Jacqui Jeras 11 07 10
CNN - Fredricka Whitfield Jacqui Jeras 11 07 10
Published: 2010/11/08
Channel: racefanvideo
CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield Calls Dallas Gunman Courageous and Brave
CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield Calls Dallas Gunman Courageous and Brave
Published: 2015/06/15
Channel: Mode Dena
CNN - Brooke Baldwin Fredricka Whitfield 08 28 10
CNN - Brooke Baldwin Fredricka Whitfield 08 28 10
Published: 2010/08/30
Channel: racefanvideo
PBHS Class of 1983 Invitation from Fredricka Whitfield
PBHS Class of 1983 Invitation from Fredricka Whitfield
Published: 2008/07/16
Channel: JTUBE40
Barrence Whitfield And The Savages Live @ Mal
Barrence Whitfield And The Savages Live @ Mal's Lounge"Juicy Fruit"
Published: 2009/05/12
Channel: MoeJoeVision
CNN Fredricka Whitfield On Trump Immigration Plan
CNN Fredricka Whitfield On Trump Immigration Plan
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: GREG PORTER
CNN
CNN's Fredricka Whitfield says Dallas Gunman "Was Very Courageous and Brave"
Published: 2015/06/15
Channel: MaDmOnkyKungFu
CNN - Fredricka Whitfield 12 10 10
CNN - Fredricka Whitfield 12 10 10
Published: 2010/12/12
Channel: racefanvideo
Fredricka Whitfield
Fredricka Whitfield
Published: 2009/02/05
Channel: Andrea Talley
Richard Herman Attorney on CNN:  Fredricka Whitfield Has Twins
Richard Herman Attorney on CNN: Fredricka Whitfield Has Twins
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: Richard Herman
Olympians from as far back as 1948 meet
Olympians from as far back as 1948 meet
Published: 2012/08/04
Channel: CNN
CNN - Kate Bolduan Fredricka Whitfield 10 16 10
CNN - Kate Bolduan Fredricka Whitfield 10 16 10
Published: 2010/10/18
Channel: racefanvideo
CNN Interview: Paul J. Schmick Analyzes the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting on January 8, 2017
CNN Interview: Paul J. Schmick Analyzes the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting on January 8, 2017
Published: 2017/01/09
Channel: Paul J. Schmick M.S.
3 PM open by melbournevince CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield CNN
3 PM open by melbournevince CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield CNN
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: FanNews Clips
CNN - Fredricka Whitfield 09 18 10
CNN - Fredricka Whitfield 09 18 10
Published: 2010/09/18
Channel: racefanvideo
F-3045: WARNER PATHE NEWS
F-3045: WARNER PATHE NEWS
Published: 2015/06/08
Channel: Historic Films Stock Footage Archive
1952 Olympic Games 800m
1952 Olympic Games 800m
Published: 2010/03/30
Channel: Japaniskaw
Whigfield - Was A Time (Subtitulada en Español)
Whigfield - Was A Time (Subtitulada en Español)
Published: 2010/10/02
Channel: Miss Peligrosa
Barrence Whitfield  and The Savages Live @ Mal
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages Live @ Mal's Lounge "Shake Rattle & Roll"
Published: 2009/05/12
Channel: MoeJoeVision
CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield 05/27/17: WH:
CNN Newsroom With Fredricka Whitfield 05/27/17: WH: 'WE ARE NOT GOING TO COMMENT' ON KUSHNER
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: ABAUTE1
Rob Eggebrecht, Live on CNN TV News
Rob Eggebrecht, Live on CNN TV News
Published: 2015/12/14
Channel: InteliSecure
Forget the gym, hit the park for summer
Forget the gym, hit the park for summer
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: CNN
CNN August 19
CNN August 19
Published: 2011/11/04
Channel: Miriam Salpeter
Tornado Anniversary from CNN 2005 - Fredricka Whitfield and Daniel Wilson
Tornado Anniversary from CNN 2005 - Fredricka Whitfield and Daniel Wilson
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: Daniel Wilson
CNN’s Racist Condescension:  The
CNN’s Racist Condescension: The 'Birther' Lie
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: Black & Blonde Media
Alberto Gonzales on race and the law
Alberto Gonzales on race and the law
Published: 2013/07/20
Channel: CNN
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Mal Whitfield
Mal Whitfield USA Athlete, Olympic Games, London, 1948.jpg
Whitfield at the 1948 Summer Olympics.
Personal information
Birth name Malvin Greston Whitfield
Nickname(s) Marvelous Mal
Born (1924-10-11)October 11, 1924
Bay City, Texas, U.S.
Died November 19, 2015(2015-11-19) (aged 91)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 400 metres, 800 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m: 45.9 (1953)
800 m: 1:47.9 (1953)

Malvin Greston "Mal" Whitfield (October 11, 1924 – November 19, 2015) was an athlete, goodwill ambassador, and airman. Nicknamed "Marvelous Mal", he was the Olympic champion in the 800 meters at the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics, and a member of the 1948 gold medal team in the 4 × 400 meters relay. Overall, Whitfield was a five-time Olympic medalist (three gold, one silver, one bronze). After his competitive career, he worked for forty-seven years as a coach, goodwill ambassador, and athletic mentor in Africa on behalf of the United States Information Service.[1]

Early life[edit]

Whitfield was born in Bay City, Texas. He moved to the Watts district of Los Angeles when he was four; at that age, his father died, and his mother died when he was 12, after which he was raised by his older sister. He sneaked into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the 1932 Summer Olympic Games, where he watched Eddie Tolan defeat Ralph Metcalfe in the 100 meter race, an event that spurred his own Olympic goals.[1]

Whitfield joined the United States Army Air Forces in 1943 as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. After World War II, he remained in the military, but also enrolled at Ohio State University. In the early 1950s, he also served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, flying 27 combat missions as a tail gunner.[2] Under the coaching of Larry Snyder, he won the NCAA title while at Ohio State in the 800 m in 1948 and 880 yd in 1949. After leaving the university, he won the AAU title from 1949 to 1951 at 800 m, in 1953 and 1954 at 880 yd and in 1952 at 400 m. He also won the 800 m at the 1951 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[3]

Olympic career[edit]

At the 1948 Olympics in London, Whitfield won the 800 m and was a member of the winning 4 × 400 m relay team. He also earned a bronze medal in the 400 m. At the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, he repeated his 800 m victory. He also earned a silver medal as a member of United Statese 4 × 400 m relay team. He set a world record at 880 yd of 1:49.2 in 1950 and dropped it to 1:48.6 in 1952. In 1954, Whitfield became the first black athlete to win the James E. Sullivan Award, given annually by the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States (AAU) to the outstanding amateur athlete in the country. Whitfield narrowly missed making the 1956 Olympic team while a student at California State University, Los Angeles, and he retired from track competition shortly thereafter.[3]

Sports ambassador[edit]

After graduating, he worked for the United States Department of State and the United States Information Service, conducting sports clinics in Africa.[4]

In his 47 years in Africa, Whitfield trained and gave consultation to dozens of athletes who represented their countries as Olympians and All-Africa Games champions. He coached in 20 countries and lived in Kenya, Uganda and Egypt.[1] Whitfield also arranged sports scholarships for over 5,000 African athletes to study in the United States.[5] During his career as a diplomat, he traveled to over 132 countries and played a key role in training and developing African athletes. United States President Ronald Reagan wrote of him: "Whether flying combat missions over Korea, or winning gold medal after gold medal at the Olympics, or serving as an ambassador of goodwill among the young athletes of Africa, you have given your all. This country is proud of you, and grateful to you." Shortly after his retirement from government service in 1989, Whitfield was invited to the Oval Office, where President George H. W. Bush recognized his service to the nation and the world.[6]

Awards[edit]

In 1954, Whitfield won the James E. Sullivan Award for amateur athletics.[1] Whitfield was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974, and Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1978. Among track and field athletes, only Jesse Owens had been inducted before him.[2][7]

Memoir[edit]

Whitfield wrote the book Learning to Run, which was translated into French.[4][8] His memoir was published by his foundation and titled Beyond the Finish Line.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He was the father of Nyna Konishi, Lonnie Whitfield, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield[10] and accomplished high jumper Ed Wright.[11] In 1989 Whitfield founded the Mal Whitfield Foundation for the promotion of sports, academics, and culture. The foundation has distributed 5,000 athletic scholarships.[12]

Whitfield died at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospice center in Washington, D.C. on the night of November 19, 2015, aged 91.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Litsky, Frank (November 19, 2015). "Mal Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist and Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 91". New York Times. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Three-Time Olympic Track Champion Mal Whitfield Dies at 91". Team USA.org. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Mal Whitfield". Sports Reference. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Garnett, Barnard (October 31, 1968). "US Ex-Olympian Trained African Olympic Stars". Jet. 35 (4): 57–59. 
  5. ^ "Marvelous" Mal Whitfield Biography – Page 3 Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Marvelous" Mal Whitfield Biography – Page 2 Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame". Ohio State Buckeyes. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ Whitfield, Mal (1967). Learning to Run. East African Pub. House. OCLC 639849. 
  9. ^ Whitfield, Mal (2002). Beyond the Finish Line. Whitfield Foundation. ISBN 0972443908. OCLC 51464414. 
  10. ^ Navy SEALs in Afghanistan; Dance fever. July 6, 2005. CNN. Retrieved July 12, 2008
  11. ^ "Cal's Wright has genes of an Olympic champion". SFGate. 
  12. ^ "The Mal Whitfield Foundation". 2004. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ Schudel, Matt. "Mal Whitfield, three-time Olympic gold medalist, dies at 91". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Walter, John C., and Malina Iida. Better Than the Best: Black Athletes Speak, 1920–2007. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010. ISBN 9780295990538

External links[edit]

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