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v. 66 no. 15
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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, July 17, 2012. NT NEWS. 37 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:17-JGE:37 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Foxtel and some services not available to all homes. Foxtel marks are under licence by Foxtel Management Pty Ltd. FOX0320/NT/M/2 See every Gold Medal live and ad-break free. With no ad-breaks interrupting live competition, the only place to see every Gold Medal live and in full is on Foxtel. Dont miss a moment of LONDON 2012, call 131 787 or visit foxtel.com.au/london German athlete Carl Luz Long with friend and competition rival Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin How a German star stood up to Hitler THENTNews continues its countdown of the 20Most Inspirational Olympic moments. Today is No. 3 and 4 THERES bravery on the sports field. Then theres just straight out bravery. He did not win gold, but Luz Longs actions in front of one of historys greatest tyrants were the definition of courage at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. In full view of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, the blue-eyed, blond-haired German, 19, who looked as if he was from a Nazi propaganda poster, had some salient advice for black US track star Jesse Owens in the qualifying round of the long jump. After watching Owens foul at his first two attempts and have his third attempt taken away when officials counted a practice jog down the runway as a genuine attempt, Long introduced himself and shared his thoughts. In full view of the Fuhrer, Long told Owens: Play it safe, make your mark sev eral inches before the takeoff board and jump from there. That was despite a Nazi party campaign to diminish the achievements of black athletes at the Games by labelling them inferior and ridiculing the US for relying on them to win medals. Owens, the grandson of a slave, took the tip and went on to qualify for the finals, where he won the second of his four gold medals at the memorable Games. The first to congratulate the great Owens after his historic victory was Luz Long, who had finished second in the event. It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler, Owens later said. Hitler must have gone crazy watching us embrace. You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldnt be a plating on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz at that moment. Their friendship was lasting, but short-lived. Long was killed in World War II, but Owens remained in touch with his family even after the Germans death. Poignant family moment Derek Redmond is helped from the track by his father IT MAY well be the worlds most famous hamstring tear. Derek Redmond was considered a genuine gold medal chance in the 400m at the 1992 Games, having been part of the winning 4x400m relay team at the 1991 World Championships. And 150m into his semifinal in Barcelona, he looked a good thing. But his hamstring had other ideas, and ruptured in dramatic fashion. Shattered from the searing pain and the knowledge his Olympic dream was in tatters, Redmond slumped to the track. After gathering himself, he rose and began hobbling around the track alone, desperate to finish. But the Brit would not finish alone. Another figure appeared, chasing after him his father, Jim, who emerged from the grandstand, pushed through Olympic officials and joined his son. Together, they crossed the line minutes behind the heats winner and eventual silver medallist Steve Lewis, of the United States. But they finished. The incident gained icon status almost immediately, and has featured on num erous commercials, including the In ternational Olympic Committees Celebrate Humanity campaign.
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