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Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell
(1902—1945)

Athlete and missionary

Son of a missionary, who became a missionary himself, Eric Liddell shot to fame as the athlete who refused to run an Olympic 100 metres on a Sunday — something his Sabbatarianism could not countenance. He took bronze in the 200 metres at the games, and entered the 400, in which he was inexperienced. Sensationally, he took the gold medal with a new world record. Liddell’s story, and that of Harold Abrahams, the victor in the 100 metres, was told in the 1981 film, Chariots of Fire. Liddell died in a Japanese internment camp.