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Les Carney
Lester Carney (left) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameLester Nelson Carney
BornMarch 31, 1934 (1934-03-31) (age 87)
Bellaire, Ohio, U.S.
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
ClubAkron Track Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 yd – 9.6 (1959)
100 m – 10.3 (1956)
200 m – 20.69 (1960)

Lester Nelson "Les" Carney (born March 31, 1934) is a retired American sprinter who won a silver medal in the 200 m at the 1960 Olympics, ahead of two teammembers who beat him at the Olympic trials. He won another silver in this event at the 1959 Pan American Games.[1]

Besides athletics Carney also played American football at Ohio University. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1958 but never played professionally. After retiring from sport he worked as a buyer for a sporting goods company in Akron, Ohio.[1]

On October 2, 2015, Indian Creek High School (formally known as Wintersville High School) named its brand new track and field after the Olympic Silver Medalist. The field is now The Lester Carney Track at Kettlewell Stadium.


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