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Cameron to address Milo Western Relays launch

Milo Western Relays,Bert Cameron,

Bert Cameron O.D., Jamaica’s first World Champion in the 400M will be the motivational speaker at the launch of the 37th MILO® Western Relays which is scheduled for this Wednesday January 28 at The Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James. Cameron achieved this honour by winning a gold medal in the men’s 400m at the inaugural IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland in 1983.

Cameron achieved at every level on the track and received numerous medals along the way. His medals include gold at the World Championships, silver at the 1988 Olympic Games (in the 4x400M relay), gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, gold and silver in separate Central America and the Caribbean Games and silver at the Pam American Games along with his medals gained at the junior levels.

Cameron carried the Jamaican flag at the opening ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. It was at those Olympic Games that he memorably pulled up in the 400M semifinal and virtually stopped after being injured. He then began to run again and finished the race to qualify for the final. Unfortunately due to the severity of his injury he was unable to contest the final. The determination and courage shown in that semifinal race has led to it being hailed as one of best races ever.

Cameron was the national sportsman of the year for three consecutive years – 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Cameron attended St. Catherine and St. Jago High Schools in St. Catherine, before taking up a track scholarship in the United States where he won both indoor and outdoor NCAA 400M titles.

He is currently the head coach at Cameron Blazers where he specializes in the 400M.

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