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George Kerr Passes - Wished More Jamaicans Did The 800m

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George Kerr50 years ago, George Kerr, O.D., became the first athlete to have the national flag hoisted in his honour when he won tripple gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games at the national stadium in 1962 just days after independence.  50 years later, the country mourns his passing.  George Kerr died on Friday night at the University Hospital after suffering a heart attack on June 4.

The 74 year old Kerr, who was ailing for some time, died from complications during treatment following his admission to hospital.
Kerr, who competed in three Olympic games, won bronze medals in the 800m and 4x400m relay at the Rome Olympics in 1960 when he competed as a member of the West Indies team.

He also competed at the Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 440 yards and silver in the 880 in 1962 in Perth, Australia, and a bronze in the 880 at the 1966 Games in Kingston.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller was saddened by his passing.

"I wish to express my deep sadness and profound regret at the passing of one of Jamaica's outstanding early international track and field athlete, George Kerr.  He was an excellent standard-bearer for Jamaica, who excelled at a sport which was dear to his heart", she stated.

His son, Roger Kerr, said that his dad was a humble man who shied from the spotlight.

"Daddy was never one to look for recognition.  He never bemoaned the fact that he never got the recognition he deserved and didn't boast about his achievements. He was always quiet," he said.

"He loved track and field but wished more persons would take up the 800m. He always said he thought the talent for the 800m existed in Jamaica but the athletes were afraid of the work needed to be successful", Roger Kerr added.

George Kerr leaves behind his wife Fay, children Roger, Candice, William, Karyn and Margaret and seven grand children.

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