Eric Liddell – Scottish athlete, sprinter,  Olympian, Protestant missionary

A movie was made about Mr. Liddell. (Chariots of Fire)

Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish athlete, Rugby Union International player and missionary, who chose his religion beliefs over competing in an olympic race held on a Sunday. At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Lydell refused to run in the heats for his favorite 100m because they were held on a Sunday. Instead he competed in the 400m held on a weekday, a race that he won. He returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher. 

  • Birth Date – January 16th, 1902
  • Birth Place – Tianjin, Quing Dynasty
  • Death Date – February 21st, 1945 ( age 43)
  • Death Place – Weihsien Internment Camp
  • Cause of death – Brain tumor
  • Educated at – University of Edinburgh 
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