Jesse Owens Olympic medal up for auction
Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction

One of the four Olympic gold medals won by track and field star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games is for sale in an online auction that runs through to December 7.

The medal recalls both the Nazi propaganda myths that Owens busted with his world record-setting 100-metre dash, and the American segregation that he came home to when he returned to the US after the Games.

SCP Auctions partner Dan Imler says that "almost singlehandedly, Owens obliterated Hitler's plans."

Owens won gold in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump.

His daughter - Marlene Owens Rankin - says that when he returned from the Berlin Games, he struggled to provide for his family with limited job options due to segregation.

The West Australian

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