On This Date 7/31/1948

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American Harrison Dillard captures the Gold Medal in the 100-meter race at the London Olympics. Dillard wins the closest race in Olympic history while equaling Jesse Owens’s Olympic record by running the race in 10.3 seconds. Harrison Dillard crossed the finish line nearly simultaneously with fellow American Barney Ewell, as a photograph had to be reviewed to be determined the winner. It was the first photo finish in Olympic history.