Full name: Vincent Edward "Vince" Matthews
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: December 16, 1947 in Queens, New York, United States
Affiliations: BOHAA Club
Country: United States
Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)
After an impressive 1967 season, which included a 45.0 for 400 m as well as a gold medal in the 4×400 m relay (with Lee Evans and the non-Olympians Emmett Taylor and Albert Stinson) and a silver medal in the 400 m at the Pan American Games, Vince Matthews set a world record of 44.4 in 1968 although the mark was never ratified because Matthews was wearing illegal brush spikes. Because he finished fourth at the 1968 Final Trials he only made the relay team for the Mexico Olympics, where the U.S. took the gold medals and set a world record of 2:56.16. Matthews retired after the 1968 Olympics but made a comeback in 1972, and after finishing third at the Final Trials, pulled off a surprise win in the Olympic final. He missed a chance for another medal when the U.S. was unable to field a team for 4×400 m after Matthews and Wayne Collett were banned from future Olympic competition for their behavior during the medal ceremony for the individual 400 m. They refused to stand at attention during the national anthem and openly conversed as it played. They later stated they did it as a protest against the treatment of blacks in the United States.
Personal Bests: 200 – 20.7 (1972); 400 – 44.66 (1972).
|1968 Summer||20||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay||United States||USA||1||Gold||WR|
|1972 Summer||24||München||Athletics||Men's 400 metres||United States||USA||1||Gold|
|1972 Summer||24||München||Athletics||United States||Final||1||44.66||2|
|1972 Summer||24||München||Athletics||United States||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU||44.94||4|
|1972 Summer||24||München||Athletics||United States||Quarter-Finals||Heat Two||2||QU||45.62||3|
|1972 Summer||24||München||Athletics||United States||Round One||Heat Five||2||QU||45.94||1|