Rudolph ran the finals in the 100-meter dash in a wind-aided time of seconds. (The record-setting time was not credited as a world record , because the wind, at metres ( yd) per second, exceeded the maximum of 2 metres ( yd).) Rudolph became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the 100-meter race since Helen Stephens's win in the 1936 Summer Olympics .   Coincidentally, Jesse Owens 's gold medal in the same event twenty-four years earlier was not classified as a record because it was wind-assisted as well. Rudolph won another gold medal in the finals of the 200-meter dash with a time of seconds, after setting a new Olympic record of seconds in the opening heat.  After these wins she was hailed throughout the world as "the fastest woman in history."