On July 15, 1960 in Saskatoon Harry Jerome set the world record of 10.0 seconds in the 100 meters. Later that year he became the first man to share the world 100 yard and 100 meter records by running the 100 yards in 9.2 seconds, tying the world record. In November of 1962 he suffered a severe muscle injury requiring him to spend six months in a cast and the medical prognosis was he would never run again. However, he showed his determination by recovering and going on to set three other world records (1966 – 100 yards 9.1 seconds; 1964 – 4 × 1 relay University of Oregon team; 1964 – indoor 60 yards 6.0 seconds).
He competed for Canada in the 1960, 1964, and 1968 Olympics, winning 100 meter bronze in 1964. He also won the gold in the 1966 Commonwealth games and the 1967 Pan Am Games.
After retiring from competition he taught and consulted for Sport Canada and traveled across Canada inspiring young athletes. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971 and died tragically young on December 7, 1982 in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
The statue sits upon a marble base which was purposely framed out to give the mild illusion of running on water but more so to create an upward lifting energy.
It is located along the seawall as joggers run past.
Vancouver, BC – Home of the 2010 Olympics.