Abra­hams takes his place in run­ning’s hall of fame

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

ATH­LET­ICS HAROLD Abra­hams, the most cel­e­brated of all An­glo-Jewish ath­letes, has been in­ducted into the Eng­land Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame.

T he 1 9 2 4 Olympic 100 me­tres cham­pion re­ceived a post­hu­mous hon­our at an awards cer­e­mony in Birm­ing­ham. Ath­let­ics writer and se­lec­tion panel mem­ber Mel Wat­man spoke of Abra­hams’ “mas­sive and var­ied ser­vices to Bri­tish and in­ter­na­tional ath­let­ics”.

Apart from be­com­ing the first Euro­pean to win the Olympic 100m gold medal and hold­ing the English long jump record for 32 years, Abra­hams also served the sport with dis­tinc­tion as a jour­nal­ist, BBC ra­dio com­men­ta­tor and high rank­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor and of­fi­cial.

He died aged 78 i n 1978, three years be­fore the release of the Os­car­win­ning film “Char­i­ots of Fire”, in which his was one of the two main char­ac­ters por­trayed.

Wat­man, who re­ferred to Abra­hams as “a fa­ther fig­ure dur­ing my fledg­ling days as an ath­let­ics writer”, pre­sented the award to Abra­hams’ daugh­ter, Sue Pot­tle.

Abra­hams is the only Jewish-born in­ductee into the Hall of Fame, which in­cludes such names as Roger Ban­nis­ter, Se­bas­tian Coe, Steve Ovett, Da­ley Thomp­son, Mary Rand and Sally Gun­nell.

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