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.