James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) moved from Oakville, AL to Cleveland, OH at the early age of nine. It is there where his love for track-and-field would grow into a burning passion. The stage for him to become one of the greatest athletes of all time would be set after he gained national attention when he matched the world record of 9.4 seconds in the 100-yard (91 m) dash and long-jumped 24 feet 9 1⁄2 inches (7.56 metres) at the 1933 National High School Championship while attending Cleveland’s East Tech High School.
The Ohio State University alum went on to win 4 gold medals and break or equal 9 Olympic records at the Nazi-run 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, destroying Adolf Hitler’s myth that Aryans were superior to any other race. Jesse Owens is known as one of the greatest athletes of all time and on February 19th, 2016 his biopic, RACE, will hit theatres.
“Selma” actor Stephan James will be playing Jesse Owens alongside actors like Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, Shanice Banton and William Hurt. Watch the full trailer for RACE above.
The Ohio State University alum still holds an amazing record from his college career known as “The Greatest 45 Minutes In Sports”. Days after injuring his back, 21-year-old Sophomore Jesse broke 3, not 1 or 2, but 3 world records in just 45 minutes, and even tied a 4th. On May 25th, 1935 he broke the world record in the long jump, the 220-yard dash, the 220 low hurdles, and tied the record for the 100-yard dash. Take a moment and think about what you can accomplish in three-quarters of an hour and then try to wrap your head around breaking a total of 3 world records for sports… insane! No one has broken more records in 45 minutes or less since then.
Be sure to witness the true story of one of the greatest Ohioans and athletes of all time on February 19th.