Segal, David : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Segal, David

track and field

Country Represented:
Great Britain

Years Competed:
1956, 1960

Medals Received:

Olympic Info:
A sprinter, Segal competed in two Olympiads for Great Britain's track and field team. At the 1956 Melbourne Games, he finished in third place in his preliminary heat of the 100-meter and did not advance. Segal also ran in the 200-meter, and failed to advance past the first round after finishing third in his preliminary heat. Segal was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team which advanced to the final after finishing third in their semifinal heat with a time of 40.6. In the final, Great Britain finished in fifth place with the exact same time.

Four years later at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Segal won a bronze medal in the 4x100 meter relay (40.2). He also competed in the 200-meter, making it to the semifinals. After finishing second in his first-round heat (21.3), Segal placed third in the next round with a time of 21.1. In his semifinal heat, he was disqualified from his heat (reason unknown).

Career Highlights:
One of the world's top sprinters in the late 1950s, Segal attended Furman University in South Carolina. Ranked No. 9 in the world in the 200-meter in 1958, he won two silver medals at the European Championships that year; in the 200-meter (21.3), and as a member of Britain's 4x100-meter relay team (40.4). In 1958, Segal also set British records in the 200-meter (21.0) and the 60-yard indoor (6.2), and was a member of the winning 4x110-yard relay team at the Commonwealth Games. Segal also won his second consecutive British championship in the 220-yard sprint in 1958 with a time of 21.4 (he ran 21.7 in 1957 to win the title).

Birth and Death Dates:
b. March 30, 1927

London, England

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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, November 23-December 8, 1956
New York Times, August 27-September 9, 1960