Not many human runners have the guts to take on a race horse but the great Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics regularly raced horses and won.
Sadly, these races occurred because Owens needed the money. After his Olympic success, he did not get the type of endorsements and sponsors that he needed.
“People said it was degrading for an Olympic champion to run against a horse, but what was I supposed to do?” Owens said. “I had four gold medals, but you can’t eat four gold medals.”
Later he revealed that his strategy was to race against high-strung thoroughbreds that would be frightened by the starter’s shotgun and start poorly!
So, are modern athletes up to the challenge?
World champion Welsh sprinter, Jamie Baulch, took on thoroughbred racehorse Peopleton Brook in a 100 meter match race this week in Britain. The race was a charity sprint er was no match for a horse in a 100-metre charity sprint race in Britain this week. The race raised £10,000 which was split between the Injured Jockey’s Fund and Banardos Cymru, a Welsh charity that benefits children.
Who won? Watch the race for yourself!