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The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936
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African American Athletes — Medalists
African-American athletes won 14 medals, nearly one-fourth of the 56 medals awarded the U.S. team in all events. American journalists established a scoring system that gave 10 points to the first-place winner, and 5 to 1 points to the second- through sixth-place winners. The headline in this newspaper states that African-American athletes had won “70 of 187 U.S. points.” August 8, 1936.
African-American athletes won 14 medals, nearly one-fourth of the 56 medals awarded the U.S. team in all events. American journalists established a scoring system that gave 10 points to the first-place winner, and 5 to 1 points to the second- through sixth-place winners. The headline in this newspaper states that African-American athletes had won “70 of 187 U.S. points.” August 8, 1936.
—USHMM #21788/The New York Amsterdam News
African American Medalists
David Albritton High jump, silver
Cornelius Johnson High jump, gold
James LuValle 400-meter run, bronze
Ralph Metcalfe 4x100-meter relay, gold
100-meter dash,silver
Jesse Owens 100-meter dash, gold
200-meter dash, gold
Broad (long) jump, gold
4x100-meter relay, gold
Frederick Pollard, Jr 100-meter hurdles, bronze
Matthew Robinson 200-meter dash, silver
Archie Williams 400-meter run, gold
Jack Wilson Bantamweight boxing, silver
John Woodruff 800-meter run, gold

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