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On August 5, he won the 200 m sprint with a time of 20.7 s, defeating teammate Mack Robinson (the older brother of Jackie Robinson).

The Jesse Owens Award is USA Track and Field's highest accolade for the year's best track and field athlete.

Owens was ranked by ESPN as the sixth greatest North American athlete of the twentieth century and the highest-ranked in his sport.

When his new teacher asked his name (to enter in her roll book), he said "J.

C.", but because of his strong Southern accent, she thought he said "Jesse".

He persuaded Owens to wear Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik shoes, the first sponsorship for a male African American athlete.

Ralph Metcalfe by a tenth of a second and defeating Tinus Osendarp of the Netherlands by two tenths of a second.

The name stuck, and he was known as Jesse Owens for the rest of his life.

During this period, Owens realized that he had a passion for running.

In the months prior to the Games, the movement in favor of a boycott gained momentum.

Owens was convinced by the NAACP to declare "If there are minorities in Germany who are being discriminated against, the United States should withdraw from the 1936 Olympics." Yet Owens and others eventually took part after Avery Brundage, president of the American Olympic Committee branded the advocates of a boycott as "un-American agitators".

Throughout his life, Owens attributed the success of his athletic career to the encouragement of Charles Riley, his junior high track coach at Fairmount Junior High School.

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