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James Owens

Full name: James Earl Owens
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: July 5, 1955 in Sacramento, California, United States
Affiliations: Maccabi Track Club, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

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James Owens was AAU and NCAA high hurdles champion in 1977. At the AAU meet he also finished second in 1976, and was runner-up at the NCAAs in 1975-76. He competed for UCLA and the Maccabi TC.

In the United States Owens was better known as a running back in football for UCLA, where he was voted team MVP in 1977 and Outstanding Senior in 1978. He played for six years in the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers in 1979-80, who drafted him in the second round, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1981-84. In the NFL he played mostly running back, with some time spent at wide receiver and defensive back, but he was best known for his kickoff return prowess. A serious knee injury sustained on a kickoff return ended his football career.

After football and track, Owens became a behavior health specialist, working at various hospitals and helping those in need. He also did motivational speaking and volunteered with Special Olympics World Games. Owens was inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.47 (1977); 110H – 13.46 (1977).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles United States USA 6

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics United States Final 6 13.73 4
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 13.76 7
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 5 QU 14.03 2
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