The Anniversary Of An Unmatched Athletic Feat


Ohio State's all-time greatest performance at Michigan wasn't on the football field but rather, on a track. Monday marked the 85th anniversary of Jesse Owens incredible day at the 1935 Big Ten Track & Field Championships in Ann Arbor. In the span of 45 minutes, Owens equaled or broke four world records, a feat that is unmatched and seems impossible to ever be duplicated.

How remarkable was it? So remarkable that Don Canham, the University of Michigan Athletic Director from 1968-1988, had a monument erected in Owens honor at the site of his historic accomplishment. It was just a year later that Owens went to Berlin, Germany and with Adolph Hitler on hand, became the first American to win four gold medals in a single Olympics. Ohio State has produced countless great athletes. For my money, Owens is at the top of the list. Below are segments from the Big Ten Network's "Big Ten Icons" program detailing Owens amazing performances.