Today in Sports History: August 5

In 1936, American athlete Jesse Owens won the 200m in a then-world record time (20.7), his third gold medal of the Berlin Olympics. Owens outperformed fellow teammate Mack Robinson. Robinson, the older brother of Jackie Robinson, lost by 0.4 seconds to earn silver. Owens, who competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4×100 meter relay, and the long jump, became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals at a single Olympic Games. Despite jumping three inches short of his long jump world record, Owens dominated the competition field. Owens only competed in one Olympics, but returned to Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics as a special guest of the West German government.

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