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It is mentioned (in the end credits to Chariots of Fire) that Harold Abrahams did marry Sybil. His daughter is shown in the article accompanying this article. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 14:41, 18 May 2008 (UTC)—Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 14:39, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
- Harold married, but his wife is slightly misidentified in the movie Chariots of Fire. His wife was Sybil Evers, not Sybil Gordon. Evers was not a diva like Gordon and did not sing Yum-Yum. I've added his wife's info into the article; the adopted daughter is already mentioned therein. He also had an adopted son. Softlavender (talk) 14:24, 30 November 2008 (UTC)
I have removed the term "Jewish" from the opening paragraph, which formerly read "Jewish British". This conforms with Wikipedia:Manual of Style (biographies):
Nationality (In the normal case this will mean the country of which the person is a citizen or national, or was a citizen when the person became notable. Ethnicity should generally not be emphasized in the opening unless it is relevant to the subject's notability.)
His Jewishness is mentioned throughout the article - indeed, in the line following the opening paragraph.--Kitty Davis 07:39, 9 September 2007 (UTC)
Not a singer?
I thought I read somewhere that Abrahams was not in fact an amateur singer who participated in G&S productions at university. I think I read that that was a bit of artistic license in Chariots of Fire. Anyone have a link to confirm this? Thanks. Softlavender (talk) 08:13, 27 July 2009 (UTC)
- Never mind -- Hugh Hudson says in his commentary to the 2005 DVD of Chariots of Fire that Abrahams was indeed a great fan of, and heavily involved in, Gilbert & Sullivan. Softlavender (talk) 02:01, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
Abrahams was cheated?
From Thai Wikipedia article, th:โอลิมปิกฤดูร้อน 1924, since that page created, page creator was wrote about Harold Abrahams was used "Easton syrup" and he will disqualified (or not win medals) if found he "doping" (failed drug test or other reasons to found he was doping). --Love Krittaya (talk) 06:39, 12 February 2010 (UTC)
- Hmm. Thanks for bringing this up. A Google search reveals an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (obviously written around the time the Olympics were being held in Atlanta), which I had to pay to view. Here are its contents (which are copyrighted and must be cited if used in this or any article [note the glitch in the first paragraph -- I'm posting it exactly as it appears online]): /article (questionable)
100 yds Sprint pre Paris Olympics
I would check up about the location and timing of the sprint mentioned in this article. A location is not given. A report in Shropshire Star newspaper (Wednedsday 11 July 2012) recalls Abrahams "Weeks before the Paris Olympics", won gold in the 100 yd sprint at the Midland Area AAA Championship at St George's Recreation Ground in what is now Telford, Shropshire. The report mentions that a memorial to Abrahams is to be built in Telford to commemorate the event, seen as a local part in his Olympic success. I wonder if that may have been the same event.Cloptonson (talk) 22:07, 11 July 2012 (UTC) Under 'Honours' section I have reported the announcement of the intended memorial, cited to local newspaper.Cloptonson (talk) 05:34, 12 July 2012 (UTC) I have found no mention of the event in Shropshire newspaper "The Shrewsbury Chronicle", which then had county-wide coverage.Cloptonson (talk) 14:24, 14 July 2012 (UTC)
New biography book
Running with Fire: The True Story of Harold Abrahams (2011), by Mark Ryan, is a wonderful resource. It's available on Kindle and paperback:  (U.S.);  (UK). It also dispels several rumors and inaccuracies about Harold which have arisen over the years (some of which are unfortunately still in this Wikipedia article). Softlavender (talk) 22:46, 9 August 2012 (UTC)