Name: Mal Whitfield
Sport: Track and Field
DOB: 10/11/1924
Birthplace: Bay City, Texas
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Thomas Jefferson High School (Los Angeles, Calif.)
College: Ohio State University; Los Angeles State College
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1948, 1952); five-time Olympic medalist (3 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • London 1948, gold (800-meter, 4x400), bronze (400)
  • Helsinki 1952, gold (800), silver (4x400)
Personal: Was the first African American athlete to receive the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete...Snuck into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to watch the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1932, sparking his dream to be an Olympian...Joined the Army Air Forces after graduating from high school...Enrolled at Ohio State University after World War II as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen...Served as a tail gunner during the Korean War...Set six world records in track and field events...Won six U.S. outdoor titles and two indoor titles...Served as a youth and sports affairs officer for the United States Information Agency for more than 30 years...Held sports and physical education advisory posts in the Liberian and Nigerian governments...Father to four children, Fredricka, Ed, Malvin and Nyna.