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Kenneth Medwood (born December 14, 1987 in Belize City)[1] is a Belizean track and field athlete, specializing in the 400 metres hurdles.[2] He competed in the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics and was his nation's flagbearer in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Kenneth Medwood
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Personal information
Full name Kenneth Nathaniel Medwood
Born (1987-12-14) December 14, 1987 (age 29)
Belize City, Belize
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.854 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Country  Belize
Sport Men's Athletics
Event(s) Hurdling, Sprint
Updated on July 14, 2014.



Medwood grew up in Los Angeles, attending Theodore Roosevelt High School, where he was a three time Los Angeles City Section Champion in the high jump. He holds the Frosh/Soph division record.[3] In both 2005[4] and 2006,[5] he finished in a tie for 4th place at the CIF California State Meet. He also played basketball and tennis.

Next he attended East Los Angeles College where he began to excel in the long hurdles. He was the state community college champion both years,[6][7] establishing the state record in the 400 hurdles at 51.63.[8]

He moved on to compete at Long Beach State University where he was runner up in the Big West Conference in both the 400 hurdles and long jump in his first season.[9] He won the 2010 Big West title in the 400 meter hurdles in a then personal best 49.66, which also was his second time breaking the school record during his senior season.[10] He ended the year at the NCAA championships, where he finished as the 17th best collegiate hurdler in the nation.[11]

He set his personal record in the 400 hurdles at the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays, running 49.54.

Personal bestsEdit


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Belize
2010 Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 5th 400 m hurdles 51.08
2011 Central American Championships San José, Costa Rica 1st 400 m hurdles 51.42
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:22.40
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 15th (sf) 400 m 51.90
DNF (sf) 4 × 100 m relay
DNF (sf) 4 × 400 m relay
World Championships Daegu, Korea 32nd (h) 400 m hurdles 51.19
2012 Central American Championships Managua, Nicaragua 1st 400 m hurdles 49.81
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:19.33
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 5th (sf) 400 m hurdles 49.87
2013 Central American Games San José, Costa Rica 1st 400 m hurdles 51.14
4th 4 × 100 m relay 42.94
Central American Championships Managua, Nicaragua 1st 400 m hurdles 51.42
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:18.13
2014 Central American Championships Tegucigalpa, Honduras 2nd 400 m hurdles 51.16


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