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Olympian Clifton Forbes passes on

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Olympian Clifton Forbes is dead. Forbes, who represented Jamaica at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, died at the University of the West Indies Hospital on Monday after a long illness.

Forbes served Jamaica not only as an athlete, but also as manager for teams to Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and Central America and Caribbean Games. He also served as trainer of the Sunshine Girls.

He is, however, best remembered as a member of Jamaica's 4x100 metres quartet which also included Errol Stewart, Michael Fray
and Lennox Miller, who equalled then broke the world sprint relay record on the same day at the 1968 Games.

Edged out

The Jamaican quartet clocked a world record-equalling 38.6 seconds in the heats and lowered it to 38.3 in the semi-finals. They were, however, edged out of a medal by France in the final, with both countries clocking 38.4. The United States won gold in a world-record 38.2, with Cuba second in 38.3.

Forbes ran the individual 400m at the same Games, but did not advance to the final.

On Tuesday Mike Fennell, the president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, described the passing of Forbes as "very sad for all of us".

"He has contributed to Jamaica's sports in all different ways," said Fennell, who sent condolences to his family.

Forbes, who has a personal best of 45.75 in the 400m, was 64 years old.