Bernard Prendergast

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Bernard Prendergast
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Jamaica
British Empire Games
Bronze medal – third place 1934 London Discus throw

Bernard Leopold Sandow Prendergast (born 25 December 1911, date of death unknown) was a Jamaican track and field athlete who competed for Great Britain in the 1936 Summer Olympics at Berlin, as Jamaica was not represented at that Olympics.[1]

Prendergast participated in the discus throw event at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but did not qualify for the final, and his exact result is unknown. He had a personal best of 44.16 m (144 ft 10​12 in). He previously won the bronze medal in the discus throw competition, at the 1934 British Empire Games.[1]

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Prendergast was of British descent. He studied medicine in London, at St Mary's Hospital Medical School, from 1933-42.[2][1] While at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, he was involved in an accident involving a javelin that caused a fatality, which had a profound effect on him.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Bernard Prendergast", Sports Reference. Accessed May 26, 2016.
  2. Phillips, Bob. Honour of Empire, Glory of Sport: The History of Athletics at the Commonwealth Games, p. 19 (Parrs Wood, 2000).