Black History Month: The enduring grace of Dr. Phil Edwards of British Guiana (Guyana)

SPORTSNET.CA – By Stephen Loung   

Dr. Phil Edwards was a Guyanese immigrant who represented Canada in three Olympic Games between 1928 and ’36.

A middle-distance runner, Edwards earned the nickname “Man of Bronze” by winning five bronze medals across those three Games. He was Canada’s most decorated Olympian until short-track speed-skater Marc Gagnon tied his mark in 2002. Cindy Klassen later surpassed it with her sixth medal during the 2006 Winter Games.            

Though he wasn’t representing Canada but his native British Guiana (now Guyana) at the time, Edwards, competing in the 880-yard event, was the first black man to win a gold medal at the British Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games).

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