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The "Tribute to Jesse Owens" page includes a short recap of Jesse's beginnings with a tolerant coach, and his determination to win that startled the world  as he achieved four Gold medals for the U.S.A.  at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin

 

 

 

Tribute to Jesse Owens

 

1977 - Jesse Owens at the induction of Frank Wykoff into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.  Photo credits - Terri Wykoff

Jesse Owens

(James Cleveland Owens -- J. C. = Jesse)

1913 - 1980

 

Jesse Owens - 1977 - Los Angeles

 

The Track Under His Feet Turned to "GOLD"

 

Jesse Owens had an electrifying personality -- charming all whom had the great privilege of meeting him. 

 

As a teenager, Owens took on after-school odd jobs in order to help his mom and dad survive the cost of living in Cleveland, Ohio; and managed to fit in training for the sprinting team with a co-operative coach who agreed to allow him to train in the mornings instead of after-school.

 

During his senior year at Cleveland East Technical High School, Owens twice equaled  Frank Wykoff's 9.4 seconds World Record in the 100 yard dash.

 

In 1935 Jesse Owens set a World Record in the broad jump -- 26' 8 1/4"; the 220-yard dash -- 20.3s; and the 220-yard low hurdles -- 22.6s.

 

As a member of the USA Olympic Team, Owens astonished the World by winning four gold medals - one in the 100-Meter dash (10-3/10s); one in the 200-Meter dash (20-7/10s); one in the broad jump (26'-5-21/64"); and one as a member of the 400 meter relay team consisting of Ralph Metcalfe, Foy Draper, Frank Wykoff; and himself.  The 400 meter relay team set a new world record of 39.8s.

 

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JESSE OWENS

WAS THE FIRST MAN IN USA OLYMPIC HISTORY

TO WIN FOUR GOLD MEDALS

 

100 METER RACE

Monday, August 3, 1936 * 100 Meter Race Time: 10 3/10 seconds Jesse Owens -- Olympic Gold!

200 METER RACE

Tuesday, August 4, 1936 * 200 Meter Race Time: 20-7/10 Seconds Jesse Owens -- Olympic Gold!

BROAD JUMP

Tuesday, August 4, 1936 Broad Jump distance: 26 feet 5-21/64 inches. New Olympic Record -- Jesse Owens, Olympic Gold!

400 Meter Relay

Sunday, August 9, 1936 400 Meter Relay team consisting of: Anchor, Frank Wykoff; Foy Draper; Jesse Owens & Ralph Metcalfe were VICTORIOUS in bringing in the Gold for the U.S.A. and "cracked" the World Record. Time: 39.8 seconds

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August 1960

1936 Olympics Memories

NBC- TV Program

 

"THIS IS YOUR LIFE -- JESSE OWENS"

Frank Wykoff, Ralph Metcalfe, and Jesse Owens at TV program "This is Your Life"

Frank Wykoff & Ralph Metcalf  joined together to subtly drop clues to their 1936 connection to honoree, Jesse Owens on the popular NBC TV program "THIS IS YOUR LIFE"

 

In 1960, Jesse Owens was still the holder of the

world's broad jump record (distance:  26 feet - 5-21/64 inches).

 

 

Quiz - Jesse Owens, Ralph Metcalfe, and Frank Wykoff were  members of the  Olympic Gold Winning 400 Meter Relay Team at the 1936 Olympics  ... who was the 4th member of that team?

 

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Other pages in this web site concerning  Jesse Owens
John D. Evans wrote a poem dedicated to Jesse Owens  -- "Run, Jesse, Run"

 

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Other Memorial Tributes

Coach Dean Cromwell

Foy Draper

> Jesse Owens

Charley W. Paddock

James Quinn

Frank C. Wykoff

 

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