Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Villanova Penn Relays countdown: Eight days left

  Charlie Jenkins at Melbourne

Editor's note: For the ten days leading up to the Penn Relays, I will do a countdown of great Villanova athletes with the number of Penn Relays titles corresponding with the day. 

Charlie Jenkins represents a lot of things in Villanova track and field history. In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Jenkins became the school's first Olympic medalist, first Olympic gold medalist,  first multiple Olympic medalist, and its only athlete with more than one gold medal. In addition to his two Olympic golds, Jenkins won eight Penn Relays watches and was a member of Villanova's 1957 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship team along with his fellow Olympic gold medalists Ron Delany and Don Bragg.

Jenkins is also significant because he was Villanova's first coach after the death of Jumbo Elliott in 1981, and because his son, Charles, Jr. or "Chip" won an Olympic gold medal in the 4x400m relay at the 1992 Barcelona Games, marking the first time that a father and son had won Olympic gold in the same event.

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