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 9,694,923 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Jesse Owens is the most popular athlete, the 98th most popular biography from United States (up from 124th 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 3,055After him are Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, Louis Zamperini, Spyridon Louis, Luz Long, Jānis Lūsis, Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, Dana Zátopková, and Dick Fosbury.

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Among people born in 1913, Jesse Owens ranks 4Before him are Albert Camus, Richard Nixon, and Rosa Parks. After him are Vivien Leigh, Gerald Ford, Willy Brandt, Menachem Begin, Robert Capa, Jean Marais, Burt Lancaster, and Paul Ricœur. Among people deceased in 1980, Jesse Owens ranks 9Before him are Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon, Karl Dönitz, Jean Piaget, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and Erich Fromm. After him are Steve McQueen, Roland Barthes, Bon Scott, Oskar Kokoschka, Marshall McLuhan, and Henry Miller.

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Among people born in United States, Jesse Owens ranks 98 out of 15,968Before him are Bill Clinton (1946), Stan Lee (1922), Charles Bronson (1921), Michael Douglas (1944), Edwin Hubble (1889), and Samuel Morse (1791). After him are Jackson Pollock (1912), Frank Lloyd Wright (1867), Lyndon B. Johnson (1908), Joan Baez (1941), Gerald Ford (1913), and Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927).

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), Dick Fosbury (1947), Thomas Burke (1875), Ray Ewry (1873), Bobby Morrow (1935), Wilma Rudolph (1940), Al Oerter (1936), Mike Powell (1963), and Ellery Harding Clark (1874).