Sunday, January 15, 2006

Jesse Owens, Part 2

I am continuing with Part 2 about Jesse Owens for Charlie Chan at the Olympics, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info (8:00 to 10:00 PM, Eastern time, and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30).
At the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor on May 25, 1935, Jesse set three world records and tied a fourth, all in a span of about 45 minues. Jesse had an ailing back the entire week leading up to the meet in Ann Arbor. He had fallen down a flight of stairs, and it was questionable whether he would be physically be able to participate in the meet. He received treatment right up to race time. Confident the the treatment helped, Jesse persuaded the coach to allow him to run the 100-yard dash. Remarkably, each race timer had clocked him at an official 9.4 seconds, once again tying the world record. This convinced Owens' coach to allow him to participate in his other events. A mere fifteen minutes later, Jesse took his first attempt at the broad jump. Prior to jumping, Jesse put a hankerchief at 26 feet 2 1/2 inches, the distance of the world record. After such a bold gesture, he soared to a distance of 26 feet 8 1/4 inches, shattering the old world record by nearly 6 inches.
Disregarding the pain, Jesse proceeded to set a new world record in the 220-yard dash in 20.3 seconds, besting the old record by three-tenths of a second. Within the next fifteen minutes, Jesse was ready to compete in another event, this one being the 220-yard low hurdles. In his final event, Owens' official time was 22.6 seconds. This time would set yet another world record, beating the old record by four-tenths of a second. Jesse Owens had completed a task that had never been accomplished in the history of track and field. He had set three new world records and equaled a fourth.
[To be continued]
[Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic Medals]
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