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Jesse OWENS

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Jesse Owens became a sporting legend for his achievements at the 1936 Berlin Games.

Sporting history

In 1935, Jesse Owens made sporting history when he broke five world records and equalled a sixth in the space of 45 minutes. One of these world records, 8.13m in the long jump, would last for 25 years.

Berlin 1936

At the 1936 Berlin Games, Owens won four gold medals, in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump. He managed to break or equal nine Olympic records and also set three world records. One of those world records was in the 4x100m relay. The quartet set a time that wouldn’t be bettered for 20 years.

Defying Hitler

Adolf Hitler hoped that the 1936 Berlin Games would prove his theory of Aryan racial superiority. Instead, Owens’ achievements led the people of Berlin to hail him, an African-American, as a hero.

Posthumous honours

Jesse Owens died of lung cancer in 1980. Since then a street and a school have been named after him in Berlin, two US postage stamps have been issued in his honour, and a memorial park has been opened in Alabama, amongst other tributes.

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Gallery

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The Mind of a Sprinter - Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens's Inspiring History

At the Berlin 1936 Olympics, Hitler planned to show the world that the Aryan people were the dominant race, Jesse Owens proved him wrong and sealed his place in Olympic history by becoming the most successful athlete of the 1936 Games. Owens also became the first american to win four track and field gold medals at a single Olympics (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump), a record that stood unbroken for 48 years. Jesse Owens (USA) - Athletics - Berlin 1936
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Berlin 1936: Jesse Owens, the African American who contradicted Hitler’s theories

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Berlin 1936-BORCHMEYER (GER), STRANDBERG (SWE), WYKOFF(USA), OSENDARP (NED), METCALFE (USA), OWENS (USA).
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Berlin 1936-200m-On arrival, ROBINSON Mack (USA) 2nd, OSENDARP Martinus (NED) 3rd and OWENS Jesse (USA) 1st.
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Berlin 1936-4 x 100 m Relay-OWENS Jesse, METCALFE Ralph, DRAPER Foy, WYKOFF Frank (USA) 1st.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 20.7
    Athletics
    200m men
    G 39.8
    Athletics
    4x100m relay men
    G 8.06
    Athletics
    long jump men
    G 10.3
    Athletics
    100m men

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