0 Jesse Owens Historic Sprint for Gold

  • Sports
  • by Hugh Smith
  • 08/08/2006

Seventy years ago on August 9, 1936, Jesse Owens made history in Berlin, Germany.

A member of the U.S. Olympic team, Owens became the first American to win four gold medals.

The outstanding track and field star excelled in the:

  • 100 meter dash
  • 200 meter sprint
  • 400 meter race
  • Broad jump
  • Relay team

From Oakville, Arkansas, Owens grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a stand-out on Ohio State's track team.