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Harold Abrahams and Jesse Owens – Winners of the 100 Metres at the 1924 and 1936 Olympic Games

With Usain Bolt winning the ‘Blue Riband’ event of the 100 metres at the London Olympics, we thought it’d be the perfect time to post some historical newspaper stories about Harold Abrahams, winner of the event in the 1924 Games, and ‘the Alabama Antelope’, Jesse Owens, who won the event in 1936.

There are scores of fascinating stories about Harold Abrahams and Jesse Owens in the Archive. For example, you can read about Abrahams working as a commentator at later Olympic Games, and you can learn about what happened to Woens when he turned professional.

Just do a search for their names, and then use the date filtering options to navigate your way to a specific story.

newspaper story about Harold Abrahams winning the 100 metres at the 1924 Olympics

Western Daily Press – Tuesday 08 July 1924

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000264/19240708/080/0009

newspaper story about Jesse Owens winning the 100 metres at the 1936 Olympics

Hull Daily Mail – Monday 03 August 1936

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000324/19360803/001/0001

newspaper story about Jesse Owens winning the 100 metres at the 1936 Olympics

Hull Daily Mail – Monday 03 August 1936

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000324/19360803/001/0001

newspaper story about Jesse Owens winning the 100 metres at the 1936 Olympics

Western Morning News – Tuesday 04 August 1936

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000329/19360804/087/0007

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