1935 : Jessie Owens Sets 3 World Records and Ties Another in Ann Arbor, All Within 45 Minutes

May 25, 2018 all-day

 Courtesy of U-M Athletics)

Eighty years ago, one of the most impressive athletic feats in history occurred on Michigan’s campus.

And it was accomplished by a Buckeye.

On May 25, 1935, track and field trailblazer Jesse Owens set three world records and tied another at the Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor.

That feat is amazing enough — but Owens did all four in the span of 45 minutes.

Owens tied the world record of 9.4 seconds in the 100-yard dash, then had a long jump of 26 feet, 81/4 inches, ran the 220-yard dash in 20.3 seconds and the 220-yard low hurdles in 22.6 seconds for Ohio State.

Historians marvel at Owens’ accomplishments some have called one of the best one-day achievements in sports history.

For the full article, see Rod Beard, “Jesse Owens set track world on its ear 80 years ago”, Detroit News, May 24, 2015.

Steve Karnacki, “A Feat to Cherish“, Michigan Today, February 19, 2016.

Shawn Windsor, “Before Berlin, Jesse Owens made history at Michigan”, Detroit Free Press, February 19, 2016

Jesse Owens Recalls Events on This is Your Life, 1960, courtesy of Awesome Stories.


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