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.


ocean, statue, cityscape, marble, olympics, running man, harry jerome


  • Tama Blough
    Tama Bloughover 5 years ago

    That could only inspire you to keep running! What a great story of perseverance and great athleticism.

  • thank you tama :-)

    – RobertCharles

  • starikarp
    starikarpover 5 years ago

    excellent composition

  • thanks man.

    – RobertCharles

  • thv73
    thv73over 5 years ago

    This is a great shot! I love your simple and very efficient composition (indeed, true simplicity is very hard to achieve), plus this surrounding golden light and this dynamic cutout of the subject are really talking for the character you are describing… Gold medals, tragic death but now running in peace above us all.

  • :-) thank you very much!!

    – RobertCharles

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    Wonderfully composed image…and a great bit of Canadian history! Very well done. Fave!

  • thanks karen (a bit late i think)

    – RobertCharles

  • PPPhotoArt
    PPPhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    beautiful shot of a wonderful historic piece!!!!

  • thanks pp

    – RobertCharles

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations! On making the Top Ten in a First Things Group challenge.

  • thanks a lot waleska ;-)

    – RobertCharles

  • titus
    titusover 4 years ago

    excellent Robert

  • thanks titus :-)
    a month away!!!

    – RobertCharles

  • Ninit K
    Ninit Kover 4 years ago

  • thanks for the feature

    – RobertCharles

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture and a true inspiration!!

  • thank you tori

    – RobertCharles

  • gobucki
    gobuckiover 4 years ago

  • thank you matthew

    – RobertCharles

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