Harold Maurice Abrahams was born in Bedford in 1899. His father, Isaac, had emigrated to England from Russian Poland before settling in Bedford with his Welsh wife Ester.
Abrahams was educated at Bedford School, Repton School and then at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, before training as a lawyer.
In the run up to the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, Abrahams was introduced to
Bronze medallist that day in the 100 metres was Arthur Porritt, later Governor-General of New Zealand and Queens Surgeon. Abrahams and Porritt dined together at 7pm on the 7th of July, the time of the final, every year thereafter until Abrahams death in 1978.
Abrahams, who in later life became president of the Amateur Athletic Association as well as a respected writer and broadcaster, attributed his success to hard and conscientious training under Mussabinis expert eye.
Harolds older brother, Sir Sidney Abrahams, was also a British athlete and Olympic long jumper.