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  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens immortalized by his fourth gold medal

    Controversially added to the team at the last minute, Jesse Owens lined up for the 4x100m relay with a chance to add an incredible fourth gold medal to his collection. Under typically difficult circumstances, what followed was just as typically extraordinary.
    09 Aug 1936 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse
  • News | Berlin 1936

    Jesse Owens and the greatest 45 minutes in sport

    On 25th of May 1935 the 21-year-old Owens averaged a world record every nine minutes at the Big Ten Championships. Five world leading marks and one world equalling effort, all completed with an injury severe enough for his coach to seriously consider pulling him out of the meet at the last minute.
    25 May 1935 | Berlin 1936, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse, Athletics
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Cycling ace Gray swaps sickbed for podium

    In late July 1932, Edgar Laurence "Dunc" Gray lay in a California hospital bed suffering from the debilitating effects of influenza. A week later, he was an Olympic champion and world record holder. Even the most imaginative Hollywood scriptwriter would have done well to concoct such an unlikely narrative.
    01 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932
  • News | Los Angeles 1932

    Fast Eddie Tolan claims double sprint gold

    If one were asked to draw a template of an Olympic sprinter, it is unlikely that the end result would bear much – if any – resemblance to Eddie Tolan.
    01 Aug 1932 | Los Angeles 1932, Olympic News
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Williams races to double sprint success

    Percy Williams was the very antithesis of the modern day sprinter. While now the muscular, powerful, bulky speedsters prevail, Williams was slight and pale and looked anything but an Olympic champion in the waiting.
    28 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, Canada, Athletics
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Hamm leaps into Olympic history books

    The United States men’s track team endured a pretty miserable Olympic Games in Amsterdam, but the field events competitors went a good way to saving face.
    20 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, United States of America, Athletics
  • News | Amsterdam 1928

    Hurdler Atkinson achieves redemption on the track

    Sportsmanship and chivalry have been ever present virtues since the modern Olympic movement started. The adage that says taking part outweighs the merits of winning was never more appropriate than when applied to the conduct of South African sprint hurdler George Weightman-Smith.
    17 May 1928 | Amsterdam 1928, South Africa, Athletics
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Thunberg speeds into Olympic history

    Clas Thunberg finished on every speed skating podium at Chamonix 1924. With three golds, a silver and a bronze, he collected more medals than any other athlete at the inaugural Olympic Winter Games, and followed up that feat by winning the world allround titles in Oslo in 1925 and in Davos in 1928.
    14 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Finland, Speed Skating
  • News | St. Moritz 1928

    Evensen flies the flag for Norway

    Norwegian speed skater Bernt Evensen had a record to set straight when he lined up in the 500m at St Moritz 1928. Four years earlier in Chamonix, Norway’s finest had to content themselves with the minor medals after seeing the USA’s Charles Jewtraw win gold in 500m, Finland’s Clas Thunberg do likewise in the 1,500m, 5,000m and all-round events and fellow Finn Julius Skutnabb take the 10,000m title.
    14 Feb 1928 | St. Moritz 1928, Olympic News, Speed Skating, Norway
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