​August 4, 1936: Jesse Owens Wins His 2nd Gold Medal at the Berlin Games

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At the Berlin Olympics, Owens won the long jump with a leap of 26-5½ (later crediting his achievement to the technical advice he received from Luz Long, the German competitor whom he defeated).

Owens was almost out of the long jump event shortly after qualifying began. He fouled on his first two jumps, though he was stunned when officials counted a practice run down the runway and into the pit as an attempt.

With one jump remaining, Luz Long, a tall, blue-eyed, blond German long jumper who was his stiffest competition, introduced himself. He suggested that Owens make a mark several inches before the takeoff board and jump from there to play it safe. Owens took the advice and qualified.

In the finals, that afternoon, Long’s fifth jump matched Owens’ 25-10. But Owens leaped 26-3¾ on his next attempt and won the gold medal with a final jump of 26-5½. The first to congratulate the Olympic record holder was Long, who looked like the model Nazi but wasn’t.

“It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler,” Owens said. “You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the 24-karat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment. Hitler must have gone crazy watching us embrace. The sad part of the story is I never saw Long again. He was killed in World War II.” Owens, though, would continue to correspond with Long’s family.




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  • Erick Dean Tippett August 5, 2017 - 6:09 am Reply

    Are they sure Owens made the statement that “Hitler must have gone crazy seeing him and Luz embrace”?
    According to Jeremy Schaap in his biography of Jesse Owens “Triumph-The Untold Story of Jesse Owens”,
    Owens himself disputed that Hitler had shown him any disrespect and told several reporters that Hitler
    had indeed waved to him and sent him a congratulatory telegram later. Owens also remarked (according
    to Schaap) concerning Hitler: “It strikes me he’s a good sport, I like his smile!” Also according to Schaap Owens remarked that it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who ignored him never mentioning his name in
    public at all!

    Now we get a number of things in history given to us the way the historians and media want us to be impressed the way they want us to believe what has taken place in ways that may or may not have
    happened. This guy Schaap contends even reporters and correspondents from the Pittsburgh Courier
    confirmed Owen’s statements! Louis Efffrat of the New York times quoted Owens as saying (when he
    was later asked how he had felt being snubbed by Adolph Hitler): “but after winning, I hurried up to the
    radio booth. When I passed near the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me and I waved back at
    him. I think those writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany”

    If any of this is true (as Mr. Schaap contends) than TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION, is it not? How much
    more about history have we been lied to about? This website certainly presents a good argument for that
    case through the many unacknowledged historical events it presents weekly. I hope they investigate this
    issue to confirm or disprove what this author claims about what so many actually believed actually took
    place during those Olympic games in Munich Germany lo those many years ago.

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