track and field
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).
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
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
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