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Harry Jerome

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: Oregon Ducks, Eugene (USA) / ?, North Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Valerie Jerome; Grandson of Army Howard.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Harry Jerome's grandfather, Army Howard, had been Canada's top sprinter in the 1910s, but Jerome's athletic prowess would eventually grow to eclipse that of his predecessor. Jerome took up track at the age of 17 and broke his first national record, in the 220 yards, one year later, eventually earning himself a scholarship to the University of Oregon. Within another two years he had not only represented his nation at the 1959 Pan American Games and the 1960 Summer Olympics, but in July 1960 had also tied West German Armin Hary's world record of 10.0 in the 100 metres, which had been set less than a month previously. At the Olympics, a pulled muscle cost him his chance at racing in the 100 m final, and he was also eliminated in the opening round of the 4×100 metre relay alongside Lynn Eves, George Short, and Terry Tobacco. After tying the 9.2 second world record of Americans Frank Budd and Bob Hayes in the 100 yards, giving him the distinction of holding the 100 metre and yard world records concurrently, he suffered a leg injury at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games that nearly cost him his career. He recovered in time to attend the 1964 Summer Olympics, however, and won bronze in the 100 m behind Hayes and Enrique Figuerola of Cuba. He was also fourth in the 200 m, missing the podium by 0.16 seconds.

Jerome still hungered for gold, however, and earned it at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth and the 1967 Pan American Games in the 100 yards and metres respectively. At the former, he was also fifth in the 4x110 yard relay with Don Domansky and the non-Olympians Ed Hearne and Terry Tomlinson. His final major international tournament was the 1968 Summer Olympics, where he finished seventh in the 100 m and was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 200 m. He retired after the Games and worked to promote sports and physical activity across Canada, dying of a brain aneurysm at the age of only 42. Among numerous honors, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971 and received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2001. His sister Valerie also competed at the 1960 Games.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 10.17 (1968); 200 – 20.3y (1966).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics Men's 100 metres Canada CAN AC h1 r3/4
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Canada CAN 2 h4 r1/3
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Men's 100 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Men's 200 metres Canada CAN 4
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 100 metres Canada CAN 7
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 200 metres Canada CAN 8 h1 r2/4

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One AC DNF
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.4 10.58
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics Canada Round One Heat Four 1 QU 10.5 10.72
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Final 3 10.2 10.27 5
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 10.3 10,37
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.3 10,32
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Round One Heat Five 1 QU 10.5 10,51
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Final 7 10.1 10.20 7
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 10.1 10.17
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 10.2 10.22
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 10.3 10.35

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Final 4 20.7 20.79 3
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 21.0 21,01
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 21.2 21,23
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Canada Round One Heat Five 1 QU 20.9 20,95
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One 8 21.4 21.43
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Round One Heat Five 5 QC 21.2 21.22

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 19 Roma Athletics Canada CAN Round One Heat Four 2 QU 42.1 42.27