OTD: Percy Williams sets new world track record

On today’s date in 1930, Percy Williams set a new world track record of 10.3 seconds for the 100-yard dash.

In 1978, Williams was commemorated on a token alongside Bobby Robinson, founder of the Commonwealth Games. The token was struck for the Commonwealth Games, which were held in Edmonton that year.


Commonwealth Games founder Bobby Robinson was depicted on one side of the token.

Williams lived with his mother until she died in 1977. After her death, he lived alone and suffered from arthritic pain. A keen gun collector, Williams shot himself in the head with a gun he was awarded in 1928 as a prize for an Olympic feat. He was 74 years old.

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