Jesse Owens (1913-1980) An American track and field athlete who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. He won four gold medals in the 100-metre, 200 metre, long jump, and 4×100-metre relay, setting world records and cementing his place as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time.

Owens was born in Alabama in 1913 and grew up in poverty. Despite facing challenges and discrimination because of his race, Owens showed an early talent for running and went on to compete in high school and college track and field events.

At the 1936 Summer Olympics, Owens faced immense pressure as he competed in front of Adolf Hitler and a Nazi regime that promoted a doctrine of Aryan supremacy. Despite this, Owens dominated the competition, winning four gold medals and setting world records in the process. His stunning performance was a major blow to Nazi propaganda and helped to shatter the myth of Aryan superiority.

After the 1936 Olympics, Owens continued to compete and to set new records. He retired from competitive track and field in the 1940s and went on to work as a coach and public speaker. He was awarded numerous accolades and honours throughout his life, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Owens’ life and achievements have had a profound impact on sports and on society. He is remembered as a pioneering figure who broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations of athletes. His legacy continues to inspire people around the world and to serve as a testament to his athletic prowess and his unwavering determination to overcome adversity.