Lindy Remigino

His victory in the 1952 100-meter dash was one of the biggest upsets in the history of Olympic Track and Field.

Unquestionably, Lindy Remigino’s victory in the 100-meter dash in the 1952 Summer Games was one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history. Consider his path to getting into the final: he failed to quality for the AAU finals that year and barely qualified for the Olympic trials by finishing fifth in the NCAA championships.

However, he finished second in the trials. Now in he finals, he and three other runners finished within 14-inches of one another. Remigino congratulated Herb McKenley of Jamaica, who had broken the tape. But the photos of the event showed that Remigino’s right shoulder crossed the finish line before McKenley’s chest hit the tape.

Remigino won a second gold medal as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team.

A successful collegiate runner at Manhattan College, he won three EC4A championships, at the 100-meter, 200-meter and 220-yard distances. After his career wound down, he became a coach himself, working with high school students in Hartford, Connecticut, where his teams won six outdoor and seven indoor state titles.

Lindy Remigino was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.