(Originally published by the Daily News on Aug. 4, 1936. This story was written by Paul Gallico.)
BERLIN, Aug. 3. – The United States of America in the coffee-colored person of Jesse Owens of Ohio State won the finals of the Olympics 100-meter dash before 90,000 people here today in 10.3 seconds, equaling his own world’s record. Ralph Metcalfe of Marquette was second and Osendarp of Holland nosed out Frank Wykoff for third place, and 10.3 is still the world’s record for 100 meters because the officials decided today that a following wind had been responsible for the extra tenth of a second that Owens stole from time eternal yesterday. There was a fine cheer for Owens when he stood olive-crowned on the victory platform, but candor and an acute ear compels me to reports there was even a finer cheer when Osendarp, the Hollander, standing on the same platform, was announced as having finished third.
Hitler Varies His Rewards
There was considerable excitement in the press box when it looked as though local Jim Crow rules might be off to honor Owens’ victory, and in charge of an office he was steered toward the box of Der Fuhrer, in which was also seated Herr Streicher, Germany’s No. 1 hater. Everybody climbed up on benches to look over the balcony. However, Owens was merely led below the honor box, where he smiled and bowed, and Herr Hitler gave him a friendly little Nazi salute, the sitting down on with the arm bent.
Then, so as not to give international offence and start another naval building race, Hitler received the victorious German hammer throwers in private. It seemed like a great deal of fuss about nothing. Owens didn’t seem to care. He had that gold medal, the olive wreath on his brow and the little flower pot with the young oak tree, that all the winners get.
Not Enough Competition.
Owens, Metcalfe, Wykoff, Strandberg, a Swede; Osendarp, the Hollander, and Borchmeyer, the German sprinter, lined up for the 100-meters finals. Owens was on the inside, Metcalfe moved up two strides ahead of the field after the first ten, and they raced it out just that way.
Metcalfe was pushing Owens all right but he himself was running a 10.4 hundred, and the only way to push Owens to a record is to run a 10.3 hundred. Thus they finished with the Hollander a tenth of a second behind, a stride in front of Wykoff, robbing the United States of a one-two-three finish. But there was one world’s record set by a little girl name Helen Stephens of Sedalia, Mo., who stepped her first heat in the 100 meters for ladies in 11.4 seconds, two-tenths better than her own recently established world’s record.
All the Americans entered qualified in the 400-meter hurdles, Glenn Hardin in 53.9 and Patterson in 54.4 winning their heats, and Schofield coming second in 54.8. But the real field day for the Americans came in the three 800-meters heats, all of which were won by the local talent, Woodruff, Williamson and Hornbostel.
Woodruff, one of our very dark Africans with a tremendous stride, made an absolute show of the field by hauling away from the pack some thirty yards, letting them fight it out for second, so far behind it didn’t look like the same race. This was the best time of the three Americans, 1:52.7.
The Germans can still throw heavy things further than anybody else and cleaned up in the hammer throw with a first and a third. Blask of Germany was first with 55.05 meters, a new Olympic record, displacing McGrath’s heave of 54.74 in 1912. Warngard, a Swede, was second with 54.03 and Hein of Germany third with 52.44.
Three Americans, Dawson, Manning and McCluskey, all qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Dawson finishing fourth and Manning and McCluskey second behind of the usual Finns.
While a German crowd cheered the American soccer team and booed its Italian opponents, Bill Fiedler, United States soccer player from Philadelphia, was kicked by an opponent during a fist fight in the midst of an Olympic soccer game. Italy beat the United States, 1-0, and the free-for-all fight followed the Italian goal. Piccini, Italian, who kicked Fiedler, was ejected from the game by the German referee.
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