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China: statue unveiled for athlete and missionary Eric Liddell

A British Olympic gold medallist whose story was told in the film Chariots of Fire has been named a national hero in China ...

A British Olympic gold medallist whose story was told in the film Chariots of Fire has been named a national hero in China, where a new statue has been unveiled in his honour.

Eric Liddell, a passionate Christian and missionary who startled Olympic selectors by refusing to run on a Sunday, won the 400 metres at the 1924 games in Paris. He was born in Tianjin, north-east China.

Liddell is a hero in China after caring for fellow prisoners of the Japanese in the second world war.

His statue in Weifang, south of Tianjin, where he was held, was unveiled in front of his daughters and prison camp survivors. He died there from a brain tumour in 1945.

His daughter Patricia Liddell, 80, told The Times: "My father was multifaceted. He's their Olympic hero."

(Daily Telegraph)

Photo: Public Domain

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