The Harry Jerome statue in Vancouver’s Stanley Park was vandalized and is now missing its plaque commemorating one of Canada’s most famous runners. According to Global News, vandals targeted the plaque and the cost to replace the copper and bronze piece will run upwards of $1,000.
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Jerome won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and was also a Commonwealth Games champion. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and is also in B.C.’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The Vancouver Park Board confirmed that the theft is just the latest in a series of vandalism cases.
The nine-foot statue, located along the seawall in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, is a popular tourist attraction. The plaque was located on the concrete foundation of the statue, which highlighted Jerome’s athletic achievements throughout his career in which he set multiple world records. He died in 1982.
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It’s unclear when exactly the theft took place but the plaque is missing in the below photo, which was posted on May 14.
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