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Canadian track legend Harry Jerome

The Story


Harry Jerome has retired from competitive sport, but he's not staying out of the game. In 1969, Jerome is working to promote track and field and amateur sport and is interviewed for the CBC television special The Medal. During his own track and field career, he shared world records for the 100-yard and 100-metre sprints, and represented Canada at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games. He overcame what could have been a career-ending injury to win the bronze medal for the 100-metre run in 1964 in Tokyo, and also the 100-metre gold at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Medium: Television
Program: The Medal
Guests: Harry Jerome, John Minichiello
Host: Ted Reynolds
Broadcast Date: Mar. 29, 1969

Did You know?


• Jerome also represented Canada at two Pan American Games and two Commonwealth Games.

• When he died suddenly at 42, he left a legacy of achievement and determination and inspired the Harry Jerome Awards and the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund.

• The Black Business and Professional Association Harry Jerome Awards were established in 1983, when the first awards were presented to the six black Canadian athletes who achieved success at the 1982 Commonwealth Games: Angela Taylor-Issanjenko, Ben Johnson, Mark McKoy, Milt Ottey, Tony Sharpe and Desai Williams. The BBPA also administers the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund.

• Harry Jerome was born Sept. 30, 1940, and died of a brain aneurysm on Dec. 7, 1982.

Note: this clip was edited to remove Olympic footage, for copyright reasons.


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