jesse owens

jesse owens

1936, Long Jump, Men, Olympic Games, Berlin

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1936, Long Jump, Men, Olympic Games, Berlin Over the years since 1936 the story of Luz Long has become indelibly linked to that of Jesse Owens. Long studied law at the University of Leipzig where in 1936 he joined the Leipziger Sport Club. After graduating, he practiced as a lawyer in Hamburg, while continuing his interest in sport. The 21 year old, 1.84m tall blond Long had finished third in the 1934 European Athletics Championships with 7.25m. By the summer of 1936 Long held the European record in the long jump and was eager to compete for the first time against Jesse Owens, the American world-record holder. The long jump on August 4 was Long's first event against Owens and Long met his expectations by setting an Olympic record during the preliminary round. In contrast, Owens fouled on his first two jumps. Knowing that he needed to reach at least 7.15m on his third jump in order to advance to the finals in the afternoon, Owens sat on the field, dejected. Speaking to Long's son in 1964, Owens said that Long went to him and told him to try and jump from a spot several inches behind the take-off board. Since Owens routinely made distances far greater than the minimum of 7.15m required to advance, Long surmised that Owens would be able to advance safely to the next round without risking a foul trying to push for a greater distance. On his third qualifying jump, Owens was calm and jumped with at least 10 centimetres to spare, easily qualifying for the finals. In the finals competition later that day, the jumpers exceeded the old Olympic record five times. Owens went on to win the gold medal in the long jump with 8.06m while besting Long's own record of 7.87m. Long won the silver medal or second place and was the first to congratulate Owens: they posed together for photos and walked arm-in-arm to the dressing room. Two days later, Long finished 10th in the triple jump. He went on to finish third in the 1938 European Athletics Championships long jump with 7.56m. Long served in the German army during WWII. During the Allied Invasion of Sicily Long was killed in action on 14 July 1943. He was buried in the war cemetery of Motta Sant'Anastasia in Sicily. Roads near sports facilities in his home town Leipzig, and in the Munich Olympia Park of 1972 are named after him. His medal, photos, and documents were donated to the Sportmuseum Leipzig.