Mal Whitfield (b. 1924) won Gold in the 800m event and in the 4x400m Relay at the 1948 Olympics. Marvelous Mal served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was the first black athlete to win the James E. Sullivan Award in 1954 for outstanding amateur athlete. Whitfield trained numerous athletes over the years and arranged sports scholarships for over 5,000 African athletes to study in the US.
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