Jesse Owens
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"James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens" was an American track and field athlete and four-time Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics/Olympic gold medalist.

Owens specialized in the Sprint (running)/sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history". His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport" and has never been equaled. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany/Berlin, Nazi Germany/Germany, Owens won international fame with four Olympic gold medal/gold medals: Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metres/100 meters, Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres/200 meters, Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump/long jump, and Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metres relay/4x100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and as such has been credited with "single-handedly crush[ing] Adolf Hitler/Hitler's myth of Aryanization/Aryan supremacy."

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