Harry Winston Jerome was a renowned track and field athlete. He was the first man to share the world 100-yard and 100m records. While attending the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship in 1960, Jerome ran the 100m in 10.0 sec, tying German Armin Hary’s world record; in 1962 he ran the 100 yards in 9.2 sec, equaling the mark of Frank Budd and Bob Hayes.
Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, he moved to North Vancouver at age 12. In 1970 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2001, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. After retirement, Jerome taught, consulted for Sports Canada and traveled Canada inspiring youngsters to try track and field sports.
Harry Jerome died of a brain aneurysm in December 1982, at the age of 42. His sister, Valerie Jerome, was also an Olympian who competed for Canada at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.