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Owens’ medal up for auction Daley thanks fans for support

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California, Dec 3, (Agencies): One of the four Olympic gold medals won by track and field star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games is up for sale in an online auction that runs through Dec 7
The medal — being auctioned online — recalls both the Nazi propaganda myths that Owens busted with his world record-setting 100-yard dash, and the American segregation that he came home to when he returned to the US after the Games, which Adolf Hitler orchestrated to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacism.

“Almost singlehandedly, Owens obliterated Hitler’s plans,” SCP Auctions partner Dan Imler said. “You’ve got an African American, son of a sharecropper, grandson of slaves who overcame these incredible circumstances and delivered a performance for the ages.” The auction began Nov 20 and closes Saturday. As of Monday, it had received 15 bids, with the highest at nearly $209,000, Imler said in an email.
“We expect a lot of bidding activity on the final day of the auction, which is typical,” he said. Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, the 400 relay and the long jump. But when he returned from the Berlin Games, he struggled to provide for his family.

British Olympic diver Tom Daley thanked his fans for their support and received the backing of British Swimming after announcing on Monday that he was dating a man.
The 19-year-old Daley, who won bronze in the men’s 10 metre platform at last year’s London Games, tweeted: “Overwhelmed by all the support! Means the world! Thanks so much guys”.
Daley had earlier made the announcement on YouTube, saying in a video: “Come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great - and that someone is a guy.
“It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen, but it wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked, it felt right... and my whole world just changed there and then.


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