Eric Liddell

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Monument to Eric Liddell on the grounds of the former Weihsien Internment Camp

Eric Henry Liddell (/ˈlɪdəl/; 16 January 1902 – 21 February 1945) was a British Olympic gold medalist runner, Scottish rugby union international player, and Christian missionary. He was born in China to Scottish missionary parents.

At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Liddell refused to run because they were held on a Sunday. Instead he competed in the 400 metres held on a weekday, a race that he won.[1] He returned to China in 1925 to be a missionary teacher.

Liddell's Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are shown in the Oscar-winning 1981 movie Chariots of Fire, in which he is played by Ian Charleson.

Liddell died from brain cancer on 21 February 1945 at the Japanese run Weixian Internment Camp in Weifang at the age of 43.[2]

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  1. "Eric Liddell". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  2. Magnusson, Sally (1981). The Flying Scotsman, A Biography. New York, NY: Quartet Books Inc. ISBN 9780704333796. p. 160-170