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Earl Thomson

Earl Thomson is a relative unknown in Saskatchewan sports, but his exploits certainly turned some heads internationally. In the 1920 Olympic games in Antwerp, Thomson not only won a Gold medal, but set new world record in the 110 meter hurdles.

Born in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, Thomson moved with his family when he was 8 years old to California, a move necessitated by to his mother's ailing health. Despite living in the United States, Thomson's father never became an American, always retaining a desire to move back to Canada.

As a youth, Thomson nearly died of an accidental gunshot wound, but recovered to be one of the premiere athletes in the world. Aware of the citizenship requirements for the Olympics, Thomson journeyed back to his homeland for the trials and was quickly selected to represent his country. At the Olympics, Thomson won quite handily, finishing nearly two metres ahead of his nearest competition, ironically, an American.

Thomson was one of the many Saskatchewan athletes that parlayed natural talent and a solid work ethic into international success for Saskatchewan and Canada.

Text courtesy of Prairie Gold.


Earl Thomson, born near Birch Hills, Saskatchewan, was regarded as one of the finest hurdlers in North America. He won the gold medal in the 110 metre hurdles in the Olympic Games at Antwerp, Belgium in 1920, equaling his own record time of 14.8 seconds. He was the fourth Canadian to win an Olympic Track and Field championship since the start of the Modern Games in 1896. Holder of the 110 yard high hurdles world record (14.4 seconds) that stood for eleven years, he was twice I.C. 4-A champion.

Tommy Thomson, considered to be one of the world's finest track and field coaches during a thirty-six year career at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, is a member of Helms Track Hall of Fame and the Canadian A.A.U. Hall of Fame.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 30, 1974.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

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