Jesse Owens

1913 - 1980

Jesse Owens

James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist in 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jesse Owens has received more than 7,880,507 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular athlete.

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Among athletes, Jesse Owens ranks 1 out of 2,090After him are Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, Abebe Bikila, Spyridon Louis, Luz Long, Carl Lewis, Stanisława Walasiewicz, Thomas Burke, Bob Beamon, Usain Bolt, and Louis Zamperini.

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Among people born in 1913, Jesse Owens ranks 7Before him are Albert Camus, Richard Nixon, Rosa Parks, Willy Brandt, Vivien Leigh, and Gerald Ford. After him are Menachem Begin, Robert Capa, Jean Marais, Paul Ricœur, Ramón Mercader, and Gustáv Husák. Among people deceased in 1980, Jesse Owens ranks 9Before him are John Lennon, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Piaget, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Erich Fromm, and Roland Barthes. After him are Karl Dönitz, Steve McQueen, Bon Scott, Henry Miller, Oskar Kokoschka, and Colonel Sanders.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jesse Owens ranks 124 out of 12,171Before him are William James (1842), Ray Charles (1930), John Adams (1735), Carl Rogers (1902), Dr. Seuss (1904), and Nicolas Cage (1964). After him are Vince McMahon (1945), Will Smith (1968), Charles Bronson (1921), Herman Melville (1819), Ray Bradbury (1920), and Amelia Earhart (1897).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Jesse Owens ranks 1After him are Carl Lewis (1961), Thomas Burke (1875), Bob Beamon (1946), Louis Zamperini (1917), Ray Ewry (1873), Dick Fosbury (1947), Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Ronnie Coleman (1964), Alvin Kraenzlein (1876), Larry Scott (1938), and Tommie Smith (1944).