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Tommie Smith

Full name: Thomas C. "Tommie" Smith
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (191 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: June 6, 1944 in Clarksville, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Santa Clara Valley Youth Village, Santa Clara (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

As an all-round sprinter, Tommie Smith was a worthy successor to the great Henry Carr. In 1966, Smith set four world records – 200m and 220y straight and turn; in 1967 he posted world records at 400m and 440y; and he claimed his seventh individual world record when he won the 1968 Olympic 200m title. Smith also won the AAU and NCAA 220y in 1967 and the AAU 200m in 1968. He was also a member of the first team (with Lee Evans and the non-Olympians Robert Frey and Theron Lewis) to run under three minutes for the 4 x 400m relay when the U.S. clocked 2:59.6 in an international meet at Los Angeles in 1966. During the victory ceremony in Mexico City, Smith gained much publicity when he and bronze medalist, John Carlos, made a protest for black power and unity and were expelled from the Olympic village. After graduating from San Jose State in 1969, Smith turned to professional track, and played pro football for three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He later became a professor and athletic director at Oberlin College and then a professor at a college near Los Angeles.

Personal Bests: 100y – 9.3 (1967); 100 – 10.1 (1966); 200 – 19.83 (1969); 220y – 19.5s (1966); 400 – 44.5 (1967).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 24 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1968 Summer 24 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final 1 WR 19.8 19.83 3
1968 Summer 24 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 20.1 20.14
1968 Summer 24 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU/=OR 20.2 20.28
1968 Summer 24 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU/=OR 20.3 20.37