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Eric Henry Liddell
Birth: Jan. 16, 1902
Death: Feb. 21, 1945

Olympic Athlete. Born to Scottish missionaries, he was educated at Eltham College, a boarding school in Blackheath. He entered Edinburgh University in 1920, from which he later graduated with a Science Degree. An exceptional athlete, he played rugby for the University and also Scotland's national team, but put aside that sport to pursue running. In July of 1923, he won the 220-yard and 100-yard dash in the AAA Championships in London, with times that remained as England's best for 35 years. He joined the British Olympic Team with the intent of running in the 100 meter, 4 x 100 meter, and 4 x 400 meter relays which he excelled in, but due to his religious convictions, declined to run in the qualifying heats for these events when he learned they were to be held on Sunday. Instead he turned his focus to the 200 meter and 400 meter events, winning the bronze medal in the 200 and the gold medal in the 400, as well as setting a world record for the 400 meter with a time of 47.6 seconds. His Olympic accomplishments were chronicled in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. After the Olympics, he joined the London Missionary Society, serving in China and becoming ordained as a minister in 1932. He was interned in a Japanese prison camp after China was invaded, and spent his time there as a teacher and supervisor of sports programs. He died of a brain tumor while still imprisoned in the camp. (bio by: Anonymous) 
 
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Weihsien Civilian Assembly Center
Weifang
Shandong, China
 
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Record added: Apr 02, 2004
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Eric Henry Liddell
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Eric Henry Liddell
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