John Owen (athlete)

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John Owen, Jr. (August 18, 1861 – August 1924[1]) was an American athlete and businessman. He was born in Detroit,[2] and took up athletics in 1889 at the ages of 28. Owen was discovered and coached by Mike Murphy at the Detroit Athletic Club. In 1890, he ran the 100 yard dash in a world record time of 9.8 seconds.[3] Owen died in 1924 after a horseback riding accident at his summer home on Mackinac Island.[1]


  1. ^ a b Voyles, Kenneth H.; Rodrique, Mary (2012). The Enduring Legacy of the Detroit Athletic Club: Driving the Motor City. The History Press. pp. 23–26. 
  2. ^ Biography of John Owen
  3. ^ "The Good Trust Guarding Thirty Thousand Collegians". Ft. Wayne Sentinel. 1911-10-28.