Jesse Owens was a track-and-field athlete who was a native of the USA. He won four gold medals at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. He has been described as ‘perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history. In 1976 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1990.
James Cleveland ‘Jesse’ Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama in 1913. He was a successful high school athlete and in 1935 set three world records whilst competing for Ohio State University. At the 1936 Olympics, Owens won gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay.
Jesse Owens, the first athlete to win four Olympic gold medals, was born in the year 1913 On This Day.Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe at the 1936 Randall’s Island Olympic trials, New York, NY.
1936 Berlin Olympics Photograph – Listing Jesse Owens’ 100 and 200 Meter Sprint Victories