Duncan White wins 440 Hurdles in Record-time at Empire Games 1950

Courtesy of Lance Fernando and Victor Melder ….. SEE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iHJI0eoq9A&feature=em-share_video_user

Sri Lanka’s First Ever Track Gold: Duncan White- 440Yds.Hurdles,1950 Empire Games, Auckland, NZ

Published on Jun 11, 2013

White, who had won the silver medal for the 400m.hurdles at the 1948 Olympics, here won the newly independent Sri Lanka’s (at this time still called Ceylon)first ever track gold medal hurdling this time over the old Imperial distance of 440 yards. His time was 52.5,just 0.3 seconds outside the WR. In second place was John Holland(NZ)in 52.7 and in third Geoff Goodacre (Aus), in 53.1.

This replay pleased his grandson no end!

Joe Pitcher….. 3 months ago

I am using my Sons account!!! This is my wonderful grandad. So so very proud of the amazing gentleman and athlete he was. Would love to hear from errol (great uncle) I’m on Facebook,
Angie pitcher. Please get in touch!!!!

Hi Joe:  It was great to hear from you. My e-mail address is erroljwhite@comcast.net…my phone # is 586-530-4759..Please feel free to get in touch with me any time …I am not on facebook.  Sorry.  Blessings to all,  Errol “Doc” White
 ALSO SEE 1948 Ceylon Olympic Squad at http://thuppahis.com/2014/09/28/cylon-olympic-squad-1948-a-rare-picture/ …. a stylish middle-class group with Duncan as the tallest and most captivating of the lot .


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4 responses to “Duncan White wins 440 Hurdles in Record-time at Empire Games 1950

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  2. Shantha Perera

    DUNCAN WHITE name must be remembered and mentioned all the time so that our young generation can be motivated and teach the present and future athletes that wining gold in world sports is not not beyond their reach. All they need is motivation and dedication.

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  4. Chandra Wickramasinghe.

    Duncan’s performance at the Olympics was a memorable one and I recall the joyous, island wide celebrations here in Ceylon, following it.!
    Chandra Wickramasinghe.

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