80 years ago, on August 9th 1936, Jesse Owens won his 4th Gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. In these Fox Movietone News outtakes, filmed two years before at the 1934 national indoor championships, we see Owens in his Ohio State uniform after setting an indoor long jump world record.
“It is the ambition of every athlete to break the world’s record,” Owens says.
Owens would go on to break many records, most famously setting 3 and tying 1 in less than 45 minutes at the 1935 Big Ten track meet. Also featured in the clip: Owens’s rival and friend Ralph Metcalfe, who would take Silver in Berlin, and Glenn Cunningham, who would set the world record in the mile in June of 1934. Read more on our blog.