The modern Olympic Games were launched in 1896. However, the first Afro to win a medal is George Poage. In 1904, George Poage won third place in both 200-meter and 400-meter hurdles. He attended the University of Wisconsin. Since then, scores of afros have excelled in Olympic Games.
J.B. Taylor: the first Afro to win a gold medal. This was in 1908, in London in the 1,600-meter relay as part of the United States of America team.
DeHart Hubard: the second Afro to win a gold medal. This was in 1924, in Paris, in the long jump competition.
Eddie Tolan: the first Afro to win two gold medals. This was in Los-Angeles in 1932, for the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.
In Olympic Games of 1936, held in Berlin, Germany:
Jessie Owens: the first Afro to win 4 gold medals and to set three world recods in 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and the long jump. He ran the anchor to break the world record in 400-meter relay.
Ralph Metcalfe: earned a silver medal for running one second behind Owens in 100-meter dash. He ran on the record-breaking 400-meter relay team that earned a gold medal.
In Olympic Games on 1948, held in London, Great Britain:
Harrison Dillard, Mal Whitfield and Alice Coachman, established olympic records in the 100-meter dash, 800-meter run and women's high jump.
John Davis won a gold medal in weightlifting. For the first time, two Afros were on the US Basketball team that won a gold medal.
Afros continued to win gold medals in following Olympic Games.
Nigerian high jumper Emmanuel Lfeajuna was the first black African to win a gold medal at a major international sporting event when he won the gold in the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, wearing one shoe. That was his last showing in competitions. He got involved in politics. He was executed on 25 September 1967, after being accused of killing the Nigeria's first prime minister during a failed a military coup in January 1966. He had led a rebellion by the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria.