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Families of Jesse Owens, Luz Long to unite at World Championships

BERLIN – The granddaughter of Olympic legend Jesse Owens and the son of German long jump great Luz Long will be part of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, to be held August 15-23 in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

Thanks to a joint effort between the IAAF, USA Track & Field and the Berlin Organizing Committee, Marlene (Owens) Dortch and Kai Long will represent their families as they award the medals for the men’s long jump final on August 22. They also will take part in other events related to the Championships.

"These Championships provide a rare opportunity to honor the bond of international friendship formed between Mr. Owens and Mr. Long," IAAF President Lamine Diack said. "It is our earnest hope that the power of athletics to unite the world in friendship can be displayed once again in Berlin during these World Championships."…..READ MORE

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