Who finished first in the men’s 200m final in the Mexico Olympics in 1968?
The final was won by Tommie Smith in a time of 19.83, a new world record. However, the race is perhaps best known for what happened during the medal ceremony – the Black Power salute of Smith and bronze medallist John Carlos.
Was Tommie Smith stripped of his medal?
Contrary to popular belief, Smith does still have his medal: The urban mythology holds that Olympic officials stripped his and Carlos’s medals, but both their marks have always been recognized.
Where were the Olympics in the 1960s?
Where was the 1968 Summer Olympics held?
What was the special about the 1968 Olympics held at Mexico City?
The 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City were the most politically charged Olympics since the 1936 Games… The Games were attended by 112 countries represented by almost 5,500 athletes. East and West Germany competed for the first time as separate countries.
Who boycotted the 1968 Olympics?
Just a few months later, in February of 1968, OPHR members led by Smith and sprinter Lee Evans launched a boycott of the New York Athletic Club’s annual indoor track meet that included over 100 Black athletes, including many future Olympians.