George McNeill

 George McNeill

(b.1947)
Athletics

Inducted in 2003

McNeill might have been first Scot to win an Olympic gold in the 100 metres. Unfortunately, because he received wages as a footballer he was deemed ineligible under the amateur rules of the time. Forced onto the professional circuit, he won two most famous professional sprint races in the world: Scotland's Powderhall Sprint and Australia's Stawell Gift. On January 1 1971, in Edinburgh, he ran 110 metres in 11.00 seconds, which equates to around 10 seconds for the more popular 100 metres. In 1972, he defeated Olympic gold medallist Tommie Smith, in a four-race series and was crowned world professional sprint champion.

  • Winner, Powderhall Sprint, 1970
  • Winner, Stawell Gift, 1981



 Image from Steve Lindridge - Ideal Images


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