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Jesse Owens

1913 - 1980

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James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games.Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history". He set three world records and tied another, all in less than an hour, at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan—a feat that has never been equaled and has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".He achieved international fame at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, by winning four gold medals: 100 meters, long jump, 200 meters, and 4 × 100-meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the Games and, as a black American man, was credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy".The Jesse Owens Award is USA Track and Field's highest accolade for the year's best track and field athlete. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jesse Owens has received more than 11,394,041 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 76 in 2019). Jesse Owens is the most popular athlete, the 207th most popular biography from United States (down from 98th in 2019) and the most popular American Athlete.

Jesse Owens was an African-American track and field athlete. He is most famous for winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

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Among athletes, Jesse Owens ranks 1 out of 3,059After him are Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, Louis Zamperini, Bob Beamon, Spyridon Louis, Carl Lewis, Viktor Saneyev, Usain Bolt, Luz Long, and Ronnie Coleman.

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Among people born in 1913, Jesse Owens ranks 11Before him are Gerald Ford, Willy Brandt, Menachem Begin, Jean Marais, Robert Capa, and Josef Bican. After him are Burt Lancaster, Claude Simon, Klaus Barbie, Paul Ricœur, Ramón Mercader, and Gustáv Husák. Among people deceased in 1980, Jesse Owens ranks 12Before him are John Lennon, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Erich Fromm, Roland Barthes, Steve McQueen, and Bon Scott. After him are Colonel Sanders, Oskar Kokoschka, Henry Miller, Tamara de Lempicka, Joe Dassin, and Marshall McLuhan.

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Among people born in United States, Jesse Owens ranks 207 out of 18,182Before him are Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Barry White (1944), Henry Fonda (1905), David Rockefeller (1915), Christopher Reeve (1952), and Edward Thorndike (1874). After him are Mel Gibson (1956), Philip K. Dick (1928), Charlton Heston (1923), Coen brothers (null), Buster Keaton (1895), and J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Jesse Owens ranks 1After him are Louis Zamperini (1917), Bob Beamon (1946), Carl Lewis (1961), Ronnie Coleman (1964), Dick Fosbury (1947), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Mike Powell (1963), Ray Ewry (1873), Thomas Burke (1875), Larry Scott (1938), and Al Oerter (1936).