M T/F: A Performance Unlike Any Other

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History was made 75 years ago in what was called the finest hour in Big Ten Championships history. An Ohio State sophomore was the talk of the record-setting crowd of more than 10,000 spectators who came out to see the 1935 championship meet. They collectively hoped for a Buckeye to flash his brilliance in front of a packed house at Ferry Field, in of all places, Ann Arbor, Mich., on the University of Michigan campus.

In the span of 45 minutes, Jesse Owens delivered four world-performances, dazzling the crowd in Ann Arbor and putting the entire world on notice. At 3:15 p.m., he tied the world record in the 100-yard dash at 9.4 seconds. Ten minutes later, he set the world standard in the broad jump at 26-8.25 inches. At 3:34 p.m., he rushed through the 220-yard dash in 20.3 seconds, and then took a breather before breaking the world mark in the 220-yard low hurdles with a time of 22.6 at 4 p.m.

That performance set Owens on pace to become one of the most celebrated track and field athletes of all time.

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