Biography of Harold Abrahams (1899-1978)

British athlete born in Bedford (England) on December 15, 1899 and died in London on January 14, 1978. His outstanding performance sports in the Olympic Games held in Paris in the summer of 1924 was inspiration to film in the 1981 film Chariots of fire, which was a big box-office success.

As a child, Abrahams lived closely sports environment since it came from an athletic family. His two brothers were renowned athletes and even one of them represented Great Britain in the Olympics of 1906 and 1912, although it did not obtain any medal. Harold decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and was presented to his first Olympics in those held in Antwerp in 1920. He/She competed in the 100 and 200 meters races, but he/she only managed to reach the quarter-finals. In these Olympics was also one of the members of the relay team 4 x 100 m.

After this performance, he/she decided to prepare thoroughly for the following Olympics, where Abrahams shone with great force. To steer its preparation he/she chose Sam Mussabini, who was his coach during the following years. When arrived the day of the celebration of the Olympic Games of 1924 held in Paris, Abrahams did, or away, one of the Favorites. In the 100 metres race American athletes started as clear Jackson Scholz and Charles Paddock; However, they were ousted by Abrahams in the 100 m race in a time of 10 ' 6. Another of his achievements in these Olympics was finish second in the 4 x 100 relay race.

After the games, Abrahams continued competing and a month later got a new England record in long jump during the next 32 years in Colombes (France), as well as a new world record in the 4 x 100 relay category.

A year later his ascension to the elite sports an unfortunate fact away forever from the competition. During a long jump Championship, Abrahams suffered a serious injury which meant the end of their active participation in sports competitions. However, not separated from the sport, since he/she began working as a commentator, editor and sports Manager for the British Amateur Athletics Board from 1968 until his death. Also wrote several books on the sport he/she practiced, among which stands out The Olimpic Games.

Always, Abrahams was proud of what had been achieved in 1924; so much so that from that year until the day of his death Abrahams met every 7 July at 19.00 hours with the New Zealander Arthur Porritt, who competed with Abrahams in the same race and got bronze medal, to commemorate the victory achieved the same day at the same time.