The 1936 Olympic Games, the Games of the XI Olympiad, were staged in Berlin. The torch relay, in which a flaming torch is carried from Olympia to the site of the current Games was introduced at Berlin. The 1936 Olympics were the first to be broadcast - twenty-five large screens were set up throughout Berlin, allowing the local people to see the events for free. Basketball, canoeing and handball made their first appearances, while polo was included in the Olympic program.
African-American athlete Jesse Owens lit up Berlin with stirring victories in the men's 100 metres, 200 metres and long jump, and then formed part of the U.S 4x100 metres relay team which set a world record which would stand for 20 years. Great Britain came 10th in the overall medal table.