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Jew plaque for runner

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-05-17

Harold Abrahams

Harold Abrahams

Jewish Olympic gold medalist Harold Abrahams has been recognised with an English Heritage Blue Plaque at his former home in Golders Green, north west London which was unveiled by his nephew Tony Abrahams.

Abrahams, who was immortalised in the 1981 film Chariots Of Fire, lived at Hodford Lodge, 2 Hodford Road, from 1923 to 1930, years in which he achieved great success including his famous 1924 Olympics win in Paris for the 100m sprint.

As well as the 100m win, Abrahams was placed second in the 4x100 metre and finished sixth place in the finals of the 200 metre race.

Abrahams, who died in 1978, was highly respected with the late Guinness Book of World Records founder Norris McWhirter once commenting that Abrahams "managed by sheer force of personality and with very few allies to raise athletics from a minor to a major national sport”.

In May 1925, Abrahams broke his leg and his athletic career was curtailed, but he continued his association with athletics, as well as carving a career as a barrister and journalist.

In 1936, he reported from the Nazi Berlin Olympics for the BBC.

Later in his life, he also become the president of the Jewish Athletic Association.