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Clifton Bertrand
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Born 2 March 1936 (1936-03-02)
Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
Died 28 November 2020(2020-11-28) (aged 84)
New York City, United States
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  British West Indies
Pan American Games
Bronze Chicago 1959 4x100 metres
Representing  Trinidad and Tobago
Pan American Games
Bronze Sao Paulo 1963 400 metres
Bronze Sao Paulo 1963 4x100 metres

Clifton Bertrand (2 March 1936 – 28 November 2020) was a Trinidadian sprinter.


He won a gold medal in 200 meters at the 1957 British West Indies Championships, and three gold medals at the 1958 British West Indies Championships. He participated in three events at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, but did not reach the final in either. However, at the 1959 Pan American Games he finished fifth in the 200 metres and won a bronze with the British West Indian Federation 4 x 100 metres relay team. His teammates were Michael Agostini, Wilton Jackson and Jamaican Dennis Johnson. Bertrand then competed at the 1960 Olympic Games, reaching the quarter-finals of the 200 metres. He also ran in the heats of the 4x400 metres relay for the British West Indian Federation team that would later, in the final, win a bronze medal.

Bertrand left Trinidad and Tobago for the United States. He eventually graduated with a B.S. and M.S. from the New York University, and later as Doctor of Education from the Columbia University. He finished sixth in the 1962 NCAA championship.

At the 1963 Pan American Games he won two bronze medals; in the 400 metres and the 4 x 100 metres relay with teammates Anthony Jones, Irving Joseph and Cipriani Phillip. He competed at the 1964 Olympic Games without reaching the final, and finally at the 1966 Commonwealth Games he finished eighth in the 4 x 110 yards relay with teammates Henry Noel, Cipriani Phillip and Winston Short.

In 2008, Bertrand was inducted into the Trinidad and Tobago Hall of Fame along with other well respected and deserving Trinidadian athletes.

His wife Phoebe Yuille Bertrand died in 2003. His daughter, Lisa Bertrand Brathwaite, is a lawyer in New York.

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