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Harold Abrahams, 1899-1978

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, research is currently underway on the history of Cambridge University Liberal Club. One item recently unearthed was a 1920 pamphlet, Cambridge Liberal Policy, with contributions on constitutional reform by Harold Abrahams.
Abrahams, a student at Gonville & Caius from 1919 to 1922, famously overcame substantial prejudice against his Jewish background and won the 100m sprint gold medal at the 1924 Olympics, later recounted in the film Chariots of Fire. Later in life, Abrahams maintained a legal career, and went on to stopwatch the first four-minute mile in 1962.Harold Abrahams
Harold Abrahams

Harold Abrahams

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, research is currently underway on the history of Cambridge University Liberal Club. One item recently unearthed was a 1920 pamphlet, Cambridge Liberal Policy, with contributions on constitutional reform by Harold Abrahams.

Abrahams, a student at Gonville & Caius from 1919 to 1922, famously overcame substantial prejudice against his Jewish background and won a gold medal for the 100m sprint at the 1924 Olympics, as later recounted in the film Chariots of Fire. Later in life, Abrahams had a succesful legal career, and went on to stopwatch the first four-minute mile in 1954.

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