Sunday, November 11, 2007

’36 Olympic gold medalist dies…

John Woodruff, who joined Jesse Owens as Black Americans who won gold medals in the face of Adolf Hitler and his “master race” agenda at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, has died, said Rose Woodruff, his wife of 37 years. He was 92. Woodruff nicknamed “Long John” for his long stride was a lanky 21-year-old freshman at Pittsburg when he landed into the Olympics. On August 4, 1936, he won the 800 meters using one of the most astonishing tactics in Olympic history. Boxed in by the pack of slow-runners, he literally stopped in his tracks, then moved to the third lane and passed everyone.

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