T&T’s first Olympic medallist dies


another bit of our history passes…

Repeating Islands

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TRINIDAD and Tobago’s first ever Olympic medallist, Rodney Adolphus Wilkes, has died, Carolyn Kissoon repots in Trinidad’s Express.
Wilkes, who was battling prostate cancer, passed away at the San Fernando General Hospital at 11.30 a.m yesterday. He was 89.
Wilkes was a former weight-lifter who was nicknamed the “Mighty Midget”. He participated in three Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in London, England in 1948, when he participated in the featherweight division of the weight-lifting event. Four years later he won an Olympic bronze medal at the games in Helsinki, Finland.
And after his retirement, Wilkes returned to his job as an electrician at the San Fernando City Corporation.
He lived at Bertrand Street, San Fernando, with his wife Alma and their five children. His wife died eight months ago.
Wilkes’ stepson, Patrick Laurence, said his stepfather was ailing for some time. He said Wilkes celebrated his birthday on…

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