Jesse Owens’ daughter cried watching ‘Race’ film ending

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Marlene Owens Rankin said she was brought to tears watching the final scene of “Race,” the film about her father, 1936 Olympic hero Jesse Owens.

“It’s just being a spectator of your own life,” Rankin, the second of Owens’ three daughters who was born in 1937, said in a phone interview last week. “There were experiences that he had that were very demeaning and hard for him. It’s just hard to watch something where someone you love is suffering.”

“Race,” which chronicles Owens’ four gold-medal performance in front of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany as well as the prejudice he faced in the U.S., hits theaters Feb. 19. Watch a trailer here.

Owens’ three daughters were first contacted about the film five years ago and had script approval.

“We encourage school-age children to learn and know the story,” Rankin said. “There are a number of important messages that could benefit them.”

Beverly Owens Prather, the youngest daughter of Jesse and wife Ruth Owens born in 1940, agreed that the film’s ending after the Berlin Games was the hardest part to watch.

“I could accept the ending, but just to see it happen was just kind of touching,” she said.

Rankin, Prather and Owens’ oldest daughter, Gloria Owens Hemphill, all visited Berlin during filming. They first flew to the German capital more than three decades ago, when a street outside the renovated Olympic Stadium was named after Owens.

“It’s just so impressive,” Prather said of touring the Berlin stadium, where there is a lounge dedicated to Owens. “It makes you feel so good.”

Rankin and Prather also lauded the performance of Stephan James, who played Owens in “Race.”

“Outstanding,” Prather said. “The time that he took and the steps that he took to learn about daddy on his own were just remarkable.”

Q&A: Stephan James discusses playing Owens in ‘Race’

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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