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Published on Jul 10, 2012
Eric Liddell, also known as the Flying Scotsman, was an unlikely Olympic champion. With a unique style of running - with his head back and mouth open - he was even ridiculed by his opponents. Still, he overcame all of that in the Paris 1924 Olympic Games.
Liddell's first Olympic final took place in the 200 metres competition where he won the Olympic bronze medal with a time of 21.9 seconds. However, his most impressive performance would come later in the 400m, where he covered the first 200m in an astonishing 22.2 seconds. During the second half of the race, he was still able to increase his lead against his fellow competitors to win the Olympic gold medal. His time - 47.6 seconds - was now the new Olympic record.