Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Iconic St Lucian athlete Carlyle Martial passes away due to COVID-19

Carlyle Martial (right) and Gus Small.

Carlyle Martial (right) and Gus Small.

One of the icons of Saint Lucian athletics has fallen victim to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Carlyle Martial passed away in a New York City hospital on the night of Monday, April 6, 2020, apparently of complications related to COVID-19.

In the last two weeks, NYC - home to a large Saint Lucian and Caribbean population - has become the world leader in terms of the death rate and the overall pace of spread of the coronavirus. 

Martial, who passed away at 11.30 pm, teamed up with his brother Darnell and their cousins Delbert and Dunstan to win the national title in the 4x100 yards race in 1967, when all four attended St. Mary's College. 

In his own right, Carlyle would set the national record for the 100 yards. 

He was one of the first Saint Lucians to earn a sports scholarship in the United States, his journey taking him to California, Nevada, and eventually New York City. 

He was among the nation's forerunners in gaining academic qualifications in physical education. 

At the time of his passing, Caryle Martial was reportedly 75 years old and living in Brooklyn.

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