British-Jamaican Marilyn Neufville: Youthfullness, Sprint World Records, Controversy, and Injuries


As an elite black Jamaican athlete at the United Kingdom through the turbulent years of racism and black power moves throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, controversy could swirl around thin Marilyn Fay Neufville.

An south London resident who’d migrated from Jamaica when she was eight years old, and even competed for Britain globally, she’d “defied British officials and missed a lawsuit against East Germany as a way to coach with the Jamaican team” (Associated Press: 1970). Neufville had conducted to the Cambridge Harriers of southeast London throughout her teens after she had arrived in Britain in 1961 when she was 8 years old. Four months before summer time Commonwealth Games of 1970, Neufville had represented Britain and won the 400m name for Britain. She had been born in Hectors River in Portland (Jamaica) on November 16th 1952.British She started like a short-distance sprinter, also it was at the end of 1969, that she started concentrating on the 400m.


Neufville first became significantly known at national level after in 1967 she won two Amateur Athletic Association of England sprint titles in the under-15 group: the 100 and 150 metres (at 17.3 moments).


Again as a junior in 1968, The Daily Scanner  she won in the 220 yards in the Athletic Association under-17 group in 23.9 moments–a new national record in this category. The Amateur Athletic Association, reputably the earliest athletics’ federal governing body in the world, premiered in April 1880. The championships are regarded as the British National Championships, though they have been open to foreign competitors.


As an intermediate (Under 17), Neufville won the English Schools Championships title in the 150 metres, improving her personal best to 16.6 minutes in Shrewsbury. She would advance to the women’s Amateur Athletic Association championships in 1969 and has been just beaten into 2nd place (24.3) by 28 year old legendary Dorothy Hyman (23.7) from the 200m; Val Peat, the previous winner, won the bronze medal (24.3).

During 1969, 16 year old Neufville was ranked 27th in the 400m in the world, thanks to her best (54.2) executed in London on October 9th. Earlier in the day, on August 23rd 1969, running for the course team Cambridge Harriers, Neufville conducted a 54.4 in the 400 m that time still puts her among the top British youngsters among the under-17 group. Back in September, Neufville was a portion of the winning 4x400m relay team that acquired in the track match versus West Germany at Hamburg. Additionally on September 6th 1969, she won the 300m in London, in 38.3 moments. This time is still listed as the best one among great britain youths under 17 years of age.

1970 and also the Commonwealth of Nations’ Games at Edinburgh

As a British runner, ” Marilyn’s personal exterior finest in the 400 m will become 52.6 achieved if she won The Internationales Stadionfest 400m title in 1970. In Berlin, she smashed the British album. The silver and silver medallists were West Germans Christel Frese (54.3) and Inge Eckhoff (54.5). Neufville’s personal best indoors has been her 53.01 worldrecord breaking and winning performance that is mentioned below.

At the 1970 European Athletics Indoor Championships held in Vienna (March 14th to 15th), ” Neufville, representing the uk, won dearly in the 400 m (53.01). This, based on March 14th, was a brand new indoor world record; a timing more than a moment below her previous personal best (54.2). The silver medallist was Christel Frese of West Germany (53.1), accompanied with the previous (1968) Olympic gold medallist Colette Besson of France (53.6). The indoor record will be decreased by Nadezhda Ilyina (Nadezhda Kolesnikova-Ilyina) of the Soviet Union, in 1974.

On May 17th 1970, Neufville participated in the Britain vs. Netherlands Women’s match in Sparta Stadium. In terms of the 4x400m relay, the Marilyn conducted the last leg flawlessly easily, and the British (3:45.1) beat Netherlands (3:50.8).

Also early in 1970, Neufville won the 400m title within the British Amateur Athletic Association indoor championships in 54.9 seconds, demonstrating a new national record. Jannette Champion (56.5) was second, also Avril Beattie (57.1) won the bronze medal. Neufville could participate in the exact championships throughout the next year 1971, yet this time around representing Jamaica. Now the winner was Champion (now Jannette Roscoe) at 56.1, Marilyn was second (57.3), also Maureen Tranter of Britain (57.5) was third.

Still in 1970, Marilyn Fay has been a prominent fixture at the South of England Championships that were held in London. Here, she won the 200m and 400m at 23.9 and 52.0 moments, respectively–both brand new records in the annual event. She’d return into the Championships the next year 1971 as a Jamaican, also would maintain the 200m title, winning in 24.2 again in London.

About July 23rd at the Commonwealth Games, the 17 yearold longlegged and slim Neufville launched a brand new 400m entire list of 51.02, and then the following day in a press conference refused to touch upon the accomplishment in that she’d simply lowered the album, which was collectively held by the French women Colette Besson along with Nicole Duclos (place in Athens in 1969), with way of a gigantic seven-tenths of another moment. The 51.02 would survive as Neufville’s personal best. Neufville had won with the full twenty seconds ahead of this runner up Sandra Brown of Australia (53.66), in a time one minute faster than she’d conducted from the occasion! The performance was that the afternoon’s highlight at the Commonwealth Games. Judith Ayaa of Uganda was third (53.77).

About July 24th, “at a odd news conference,” Neufville, “… sat with her Jamaican team manager, Norman Hill… and only softly shook her head at each question” (Associated Press: 1970). In the outstanding scene, Hill had brought her into the room that was lined with two newsmen and ushered her into the booked seat of honour, and then announced she wasn’t going to answer to any questions and comments. In terms of her hushed passive answer, the manager Hill clarified that Neufville was warily stressed about uttering anything that would possibly jeopardize her future in athletics. Truly she had conducted Jamaica, though she had previously conducted for Britain to which she was tied beneath the international rules of athletics.