1932 : Eddie Tolan Win Two Gold Medals at Los Angeles Summer Olympics (Aug. 2-3)

August 2, 2022 all-day

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Detroiter and University of Michigan alum Eddie Tolan wins the 100 meters race at the 1932 Olympics

According to the Detroit Free Press:

The new crown that belongs to the “world’s fastest human” now rests just five feet 4 inches above the ground. It is squarely planted upon the black brow of little Eddie Tolan of Detroit, the midnight express, who came on like a sable flag to outrun the greatest field that ever met upon a track. Only a day earlier Tolan won the 100-meter dash to compliment his victory in the 200-meter dash.

“Tolan Flashes to New Record; Wins 200-Meter for Double Olympic Crown; American Stars Sweep Day’s Events”, Detroit Free Press, August 4, 1932.

In response to his victories, Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy appointed a reception committee to meet Tolan at the train station, and Michigan Governor Wilber M. Brucker declared September 6, 1932 as “Eddie Tolan Day” throughout the state.

Eddie Tolan Wikipedia Entry

Rashid Faisal, “Midnight Express : Olympic Medalist Eddie Tolan”, Michigan History, January-February 2021, pp. 46-51.

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