Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell
1924 Paris Olympics
Gold medallist

Eric Liddell was born on 16th January 1902 in Tianjin (formerly known as Tientsin) in North China. He attended Blackheath School for Sons of Missionaries, first at its location in Blackheath and later when it moved to Eltham. He began running at school, winning the Blackheath Cup. He became known as the 'flying Scotsman' and competed in the 1924 Paris Games, winning the 400m in record time. He died on 21st February 1945 while a prisoner of war in China.

His life story was made into the film 'Chariots of Fire'.

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