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Michael McDonald (runner)

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"Michael McDonald (athlete)" redirects here. For other sportspeople with this name, see Michael McDonald (disambiguation).
Michael McDonald
Personal information
Birth nameMichael L. McDonald
Born(1975-03-17) 17 March 1975 (age 42)
Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica

Michael L. McDonald (born 17 March 1975 in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica) was a Jamaican athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.


He competed for Jamaica at the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, United States where he won the bronze medal in the men's 4 × 400 metres relay with his teammates Roxbert Martin, Greg Haughton and Davian Clarke.

A brother of Beverly McDonald, he won a gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in the 4 × 400 metres relay event and broke the Commonwealth Games record.


Both at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics held in Athens, Greece, and at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics held in Sevilla, Spain, the Jamaica 4 × 400 team won originally the bronze medal, but the USA 4 × 400 team, which originally finished first in 4 × 400 m relay, was disqualified in 2008 due to Antonio Pettigrew confession of using human growth hormone and EPO between 1997 and 2003. Therefore, the silver medal was later awarded to the team from Jamaica.

International competitions

Representing  Jamaica
1991CARIFTA Games (U-17)Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago1st800 m1:56.02
3rd1500 m4:20.8
1992CARIFTA Games (U-20)Nassau, Bahamas6th800 m1:58.59
1993CARIFTA Games (U-20)Fort-de-France, Martinique1st800 m1:51.43
1st4 × 400 m relay3:10.26
1994CARIFTA Games (U-20)Bridgetown, Barbados4th200 m21.75
1st400 m47.02
1st4 × 400 m relay3:09.47
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20)Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago1st400 m46.2
World Junior ChampionshipsLisbon, Portugal1st400m45.83
2nd4 × 400 m relay3:04.12
1995Pan American GamesMar del Plata, Argentina8th400 m46.21
2nd4 × 400 m relay3:02.11
World ChampionshipsGothenburg, Sweden2nd4 × 400 m relay2:59.88
1996Olympic GamesAtlanta, United States12th (sf)400 m45.48
3rd4 × 400 m relay2:59.42
1997World ChampionshipsAthens, Greece13th (sf)400 m45.74
2nd4 × 400 m relay2:56.75 NR
1998Commonwealth GamesKuala Lumpur, Malaysia1st4 × 400 m relay2:59.03 GR
1999Central American and Caribbean ChampionshipsBridgetown, Barbados1st400 m45.21
Pan American GamesWinnipeg, Canada1st4 × 400 m relay2:57.97 GR
World ChampionshipsSeville, Spain22nd (qf)400 m45.87
2nd4 × 400 m relay2:59.34
2000Olympic GamesSydney, Australia3rd4 × 400 m relay3:04.85 (h)
2001World ChampionshipsEdmonton, Canada3rd (h)400 m45.021
2002Central American and Caribbean GamesSan Salvador, El Salvador2nd4 × 400 m relay3:05.40

1Did not finish in the semifinals

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