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Canada’s forgotten fastest man

Eldridge Eatman excelled in the face of discrimination, becoming a pioneer for racial justice in sport

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Eldridge ‘Gus’ Eatman is not a well-known name in Canada, but it should be. A century ago, Eatman was regarded as one of the fastest men on the planet. He was a multiple world record-holder and world champion. He was also a soldier, all at a time when Black Canadians were not allowed to compete in amateur athletics or enlist in the army.

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Eldridge Eatman joins the army
Sprinter Eldridge Eatman joins the British army

Eatman’s story had been largely forgotten throughout the second half of the 20th century. But his legacy is finally being recognized, thanks to a distant relative who unearthed his story and launched a mission to share it with the world. 

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