World Sports Hall of Fame 1936: Charles Pahud de Mortanges, Rie Mastenbroek, Jesse Owens and Karl Schafer

My choices to enter the World Sports Hall of Fame in 1936 are:

Charles Pahud de Mortanges (Netherlands – Equestrianism) – the first rider to retain the individual title in the 3 Day event at the Olympics.  He did this by taking the gold medals in 1932 and 1936.  He also was a member of the gold medal winning teams at the Games in 1924, where he was 4th individual, and 1928.

Rie Mastenbroek (Netherlands – Swimming) – the winner of three gold medals at the 1936 Olympics.  These came at the 100m and 400m freestyle and in the 4 x 100m relay.  In addition she took the silver at the 100m backstroke. She had made her name aged only fifteen at the 1934 European Championships by winning three gold medals, at the 400m freestyle and relay events and also in the 100m backstroke.  In her career she set nine world records at freestyle and backstroke.

 

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Jesse Owens (USA – Athletics) – one of the most celebrated athletes in the history of athletics following his exploits at the 1936 Olympics.  At those Games he won four gold medals, in the 100m, 200m, Long Jump and 4 x 100m relay.  As a black man his performances were seen as a riposte to the Nazi idea of Aryan superiority.  His ahievements before those Games featured many notable days, most remarkably at Ann Arbor in 1935 where he set six world records or bests in the same afternoon in the space of one hour.  These came in four events but twice he broke metric distance records as well.  They came in sprints, long jump and the less frequently competed 220 yards hurdles, which shows his versatility.  His greatest individual performance came in the long jump in where he set a world record of 8.13m, the first 8m leap.  This lasted as the world record until 1960.

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Karl Schafer (Austria – Figure Skating) – the winner of seven individual world titles and two Olympic golds at men’s skating.  This puts him second on the all-time list of titles won by a male skater at championships.  After winning medals in European and world championships in 1927, 1928 and 1929 he took every world title from 1930 to 1936, when he retired, and added the Olympic titles in 1932 and 1936.  He also won the European championship every year from 1929 to 1936.  He was also a national record-holder at swimming in breaststroke.

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