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Toronto pathway named after Black Olympian

Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm EDT

A pathway in front of a downtown Toronto high school has been named after one of its former athletes, who competed at the Olympics more than eight decades ago.

Central Technical School, near Bathurst and Bloor streets, unveiled Sam Richardson Way during a ceremony on Thursday morning.

Sam (Sammy) Richardson was the first African-Canadian Olympian from Central Tech — part of the 4 x 100-metre Canadian relay team that placed fifth during the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. He also competed in the triple and long jump.

He ran against American Jesse Owens, who later became his friend and mentor.

Richardson also competed at the British Empire School Boy Games in Australia and the British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) in England in 1934.

He later pursued a career in set construction at the CBC, raised a family and mentored athletes throughout his life.

He died in 1989.