At the 1935 Big Ten Track and Field Championships, 21-year-old OSU sophomore Jesse Owens tied the world record in the 100-yard dash and set the world record in the long jump, the 220-yard dash and the 220 low hurdles.
At the 1936 Berlin Games, he won four gold medals, in the 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay, and the long jump. He managed to break or equal nine Olympic records and also set three world records. Hitler hoped that the 1936 Games would prove his theory of Aryan superiority. Instead, Owens' achievements led the people of Berlin to hail him, a black, as a hero.