Hasely Crawford made his international début at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, where he won a bronze medal in the 100 metres. In 1972, he surprisingly qualified for the 100 m final at the München Olympics, but pulled his hamstring after 20 metres and did not finish. Crawford won a 100 m silver at the 1975 Pan American Games and, as an Eastern Michigan University student, won the 1975 NCAA 100 m title. At the Olympics, Crawford narrowly won the 100 metre final in a time of 10.06, just 0.02 in front of Don Quarrie of Jamaica, winning Trinidad and Tobago’s first Olympic gold medal. Crawford had also qualified for the 200 final, but injured his groin mid-race and limped to the finish in last place, well behind the other runners.
Crawford won the 100 m at the 1977 Central American and Caribbean Championships and earned his final international medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games, with bronze in the 100. Crawford won five Trinidad and Tobago 100 m titles (1972, 1975-76, 1979-80) and one 200 m title (1976). In 2000, Crawford was named the Trinidad and Tobago Athlete of the Millennium and became a member of the Caribbean Hall of Fame, one of only three track and field athletes to be inducted, along with Ato Boldon and Arthur Wint.
Personal Bests: 100 – 10.06 (1976); 200 – 20.2 (1976).
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