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Lennox Miller dies at 58

Jamaica’s Lennox Miller, 1968 Olympic silver and 1972 bronze medallist at the 100 metres has died. He was 58.

Miller died yesterday from cancer in Pasadena, the University of Southern California (USC), USA, said in a statement. 

He ran the anchor leg for the Jamaican sprint relay team which set a World 4x100m records in the heat (38.6) and then the semi-final stages (38.3) of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City on 19 October, only to finish fourth the next day behind a US quartet who improved the record further to 38.2 to win the Olympic gold in the final.

His daughter, Inger, followed him into track and field, capturing a gold medal in the 4x100m relay for the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and becoming 1999 World 200m champion. They are the only father/daughter to have won individual Olympic medals in track and field events.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Miller graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 1973 and ran a practice in Pasadena, California for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Avril, and two daughters.