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Just hours after their medal-winning performances --Smith broke the world record with a stunning As the national anthem began to play, each athlete bowed his head and raised a single black-gloved fist, Smith his right, Carlos his left. At just 24 and 23, respectively, Smith and Carlos became the subjects of an indelible image of a salute that would come to symbolise an era, inspire every generation since and one that would define, in times both bad and good, the rest of their lives.
Details of their protest were planned. The black gloves, Smith said, represented social power and unity; wearing black socks without shoes represented African-American poverty; the black scarf he wore around his neck --and the beads worn by Carlos-- symbolised the lynchings of African-Americans. All they had to do was earn their way to the podium. Apropos, the race itself, held late that morning, is the stuff of legend. Tommie Smith r wins the Olympic m title with a But as he approached the homestraight's midway point, Smith, propelled by a running style that was both silky smooth and brutally powerful, accelerated as few before or after have.Black Power Salute 1968
Running the final dozen strides with arms aloft in celebration, Smith clocked Behind him, Carlos lost his composure in the waning stages and began to stagger. Australian Peter Norman, running in lane six, took full advantage, using his strong late race strength to run down Carlos just four strides from the finish line. Few realised then that Norman also took part in the protest.
Like Smith and Carlos, he also pinned a badge on his jacket from the Olympic Project for Human Rights, the movement that inspired the protest. While recognized as heroes now, Smith and Carlos paid a steep price for their protest. Both were immediately expelled from the Olympic Village and returned home where, instead of a hero's welcome, they were met with death threats and vilification.
Ostracised from their sport, their careers on the track were over two years later and decades of personal and professional struggles followed.
Their fortunes began to change in the s when both eventually found their calling as successful coaches. Bya seven-metre high statue of their podium moment was unveiled on the campus of San Jose State University, where the US teammates were students.
Their thoughts are below. I had expected Tommie Smith to win the ; I had watched the "match race" between him and Lee Evans at San Jose State, with Tommie setting a y world record the year before, and he instantly became my favorite runner.
The whole year leading up to the Olympics was filled with uncertainty, with Vietnam protests, civic unrest, racial tensions, horrific assassinations, and of course the Olympic Project For Human Rights.
We saw Tommie limp off after the Mexico City semi, and then appear for the final with a taped thigh if I recall right. Carlos had to be the favorite off his "world record" at Echo Summit the high-altitude venue in California where the US Olympic Trials were heldbut Tommie ran his greatest race and won with plenty to spare with a splendid world record. I was shocked that Carlos was nosed out for second by a relatively unknown Australian! Had he given up when he knew he wasn't going to beat Tommie?
As a former New York liberal I found their demonstration on the victory stand to be quite mild under the circumstances and quite appropriate. Not so with many of my fellow Americans in the stands who spewed venom at the two medalists; I should have been surprised, but wasn't.
Tommie and John are heroes now. Somehow Mexico City remains the most vivid and memorable, with Tommie and John and the victory stand central in those memories. And Jim Webster writes: The Mexico City Olympics always threatened to be different in so many ways, especially given the high altitude. High on the list of potential Australian medal-winners was our sprinter Peter Norman, who I knew quite well from my years as an athletics writer. He always stood out, in several different ways.
Carlos' record was disallowed because of the brush spike shoes he was wearing, as was a similar record by Vince Matthews in the meters.
In the race, teammate John Carlos powered out to the lead through the turn, while Smith got a slow start. Coming off the turn, Smith charged past Carlos and sped to victory. Knowing he had passed his training partner and closest foe, his victory was so clear, he raised his arms to celebrate 10 m before the finish line. Still, he improved upon his own world record that would last for 11 years until Pietro Mennea would surpass it on the same track.
Smith's time of Video on YouTube pre- Olympic trials interview anticipating potential action Carlos and Smith made headlines around the world by raising their black-gloved fists at the medal award ceremony.
Both athletes wore black socks and no shoes on the podium to represent African-American poverty in the United States. In support, Peter Normanthe silver medalist who was a white athlete from Australia, participated in the protest by wearing an OPHR badge. South Africa and Rhodesia uninvited from the Olympics, the restoration of Muhammad Ali 's world heavyweight boxing title, Avery Brundage to step down as president of the IOC, and the hiring of more African-American assistant coaches.
As the boycott failed to achieve support after the IOC withdrew invitations for South Africa and Rhodesia, he decided, together with Carlos, to not only wear their gloves but also go barefoot to protest poverty, wear beads to protest lynchings, and wear buttons that said OPHR. In response to their actions, he ordered Smith and Carlos suspended from the US team and banned from the Olympic Village.
This threat led to the expulsion of the two athletes from the Games. He argued that the Nazi salute, being a national salute at the time, was acceptable in a competition of nations, while the athletes' salute was not of a nation and therefore unacceptable. They thought it was very positive. Only America thought it was bad. Following their suspension by the IOC, they faced economic hardship.