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HARRY JEROME 
 
ONE OF THE GREATEST CANADIAN SPRINTERS 
 
Full name: Henry Winston "Harry" Jerome 
Gender: Male 
Height: 5'11" (180 cm) 
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg) 
Born: September 30, 1940 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada 
Died: December 7, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 
Affiliations: North Vancouver 
Country: CAN Canada  
 
Henry "Harry" Winston Jerome OC (September 30, 1940 – December 7, 1982) was a Canadian track and field runner. He was the grandson of John Howard, a railway porter who represented Canada in the 1912 Summer Olympics. 
 
Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he moved to North Vancouver at age 12.In 1970 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Harry Jerome died of a brain aneurysm in December 1982, at the age of 42. 
 
Athletic career 
 
He competed in college for Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon. He competed for Canada in the 1960, 1964, and 1968 Summer Olympics, winning 100 metre bronze in 1964. He also won the gold in the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1967 Pan American Games. During his career, Jerome set a total seven world records, including tying the 100 metres in 10.2, 10.1 and finally 10.0 seconds in 1960, tying a record established a month earlier by Germany's Armin Hary. He continued to sprint successfully until the late 1960s, despite suffering an injury so severe at the Perth Commonwealth Games in 1962 that doctors initially believed he would never walk again. 
 
Post-athletic career 
 
After retiring from athletics in 1969, he was invited by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to help create Canada's new Ministry of Sport. Jerome held a number of senior positions in the ministry but resigned over the government's cancellation of a large-scale public-private partnership he had negotiated with Kellogg's to promote youth participation in athletics. 
 
Tributes 
 
In 1984, the Labatts International Track Classic Pre-Olympic meet was renamed the Harry Jerome International Track Classic. It has become a prestigious track and field meet held annually at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia - is named in Jerome's honour. The Harry Jerome Sports Centre, home to the Burnaby Velodrome, in Burnaby, British Columbia is named after Jerome, as are the weight room at his Alma Mater the University of Oregon and the track and field stadium in Prince Albert. The Stanley Park sea wall in his native Vancouver is graced with a 9-foot bronze statue of him. The annual Harry Jerome Awards, the national awards dinner for Canada's black community organized by the Black Business and Professionals Association (BBPA), is named after him. In 2001 he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. 
 
Works about Jerome 
 
Production began in April 2009 on the feature-length documentary Harry Jerome, directed by Charles Officer and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The film is inspired by Fil Fraser’s book on Jerome, entitled Running Uphill. 
 
Achievements 
 
   * 1960 World Record 100 m: 10.0 (tied record of Armin Hary) 
   * 1960 Olympic Games 100 m Canadian team member 
   * 1961 World Record 100 yds: 9.3 
   * 1962 World Record 100 yds: 9.2 
   * 1964 Summer Olympics 100 m: 3rd 10.2 / 200 m: 4th 20.7 
   * 1966 World Record 100 yds: 9.1 
   * 1966 Commonwealth Games 100 yds: 1st 9.4 
   * 1967 Pan American Games 100 m 1st 10.2 
   * 1968 Summer Olympics 100 m: 7th 10.2 
 
Personal Bests: 100 - 10.17 (1968); 200 - 20.3y (1966).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taking (56) Bronze in Tokyo 1964 behind Bob Hayes and Henrique Figuerola
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Taking (56) Bronze in Tokyo 1964 behind Bob Hayes and Henrique Figuerola
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tokyo 1964 
 
From left Enrique Figuerola,  Harry Jerome and Bob Hayes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Tokyo 1964 
 
From left Enrique Figuerola,  Bob Hayes and Harry Jerome
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tokyo 1964 
 
From left Enrique Figuerola,  Bob Hayes and Harry Jerome
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harry shows off his medal  at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harry arrives forth in Tokyo 1964 200 meters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City Olympic games 1968. 
 
Harry (171) arrives third in his seminal.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City Olympic games 1968. 
 
Harry  arrives 7H in the final  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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beats an unknown jamaican
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Muhammad Ali and Harry Jerome
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harry Jerome signing autographs  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harry Jerome rides on a scooter  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Harry Jerome wins a gold medal at 1967 Pan American Games beating Willie Turner (on the left) and Hermes Ramirez   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harry Jerome sculpture in Vancouver   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harry Jerome sculpture in Vancouver