Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Samuel Anderson, Cuban hurdler

Samuel Anderson (September 25, 1929 – August 18, 2012) was a Cuban hurdler who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics. 

Anderson was born in Havana, Cuba. He was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was a member of the 1952 Olympic Cuban Team, and competed in the 110-High Hurdles.  Anderson was nicknamed "The Cuban Comet". He graduated from the National Institute of Physical Education in Cuba and received a Scholarship from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the track and field team. He also competed in the 1954 Pan American Games, where he won Gold. He was also drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He retired after a long career as a receiving clerk. He was survived by his wife, Maria; a daughter; two sons; a sister; two daughters-in-law; and six grandchildren. 

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