"Jesse, the qualifying distance is only 23 feet. You've jumped 26 feet many times before. Just move your starting mark back three inches, that way you'll make sure to not cross the line and be disqualified."
In this backdrop Owens happens to meet Luz Long. Luz Long is a German. But he is friendly with Owens.
When Owen’s anger is pointed towards Hitler his performance suffers. Out of three qualifying jumps he faults in two. At this crucial moment Luz Long gives a solution. Long asks him to draw a line few inches behind the take of board. Owens follows his advice and qualifies for the final.