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.