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John Carlos 
 
The only man who was able to beat Tommie Smith    
 
Full name: John Wesley Carlos 
Gender: Male 
Height: 6'4" (193 cm) 
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg) 
Born: June 5, 1945 in Harlem, New York, United States 
Affiliations: Santa Clara Valley Youth Village 
Country: USA United States  
 
 
Personal Bests: 100y – 9.1 (1969); 100 – 10.0 (1968); 200 – 19.92 (1968); 440y – 47.0 (1967) 
   
 
After withdrawing from East Texas State, claiming racial prejudice, John Carlos enrolled at San Jose State. His finest performance was 19.7 (19.92) for the 200 meters at the 1968 Final Trials which, although 3/10ths of a second inside the world record, was never ratified because Carlos was wearing illegal brush spikes. During the Olympic medal presentation in Mexico City, Carlos and 200 meter winner, Tommie Smith, stood at attention, but raised black-gloved fists in the "Black Power” salute, hoping to call attention to the plight of the black man in America. For this, they were banned from the Olympic Village. In 1969, Carlos won the AAU and NCAA 220y and equalled the world record for the indoor 60y and the outdoor 100y. He made several abortive efforts to play in the NFL and did play for a few years with the Montréal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. 
  
 web site: www.johncarlos.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos and Tommie Smith pre-Olympic in San José CA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos wins heat 1 of 200 meters semi final, Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Manikavas Jegathesan, with jersey no.588 placed third in this opening heat of the 200 metre dash at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. John Carlos from the US won the race. 497 is Livio Berruti (ITA) gold in Rome 1960
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Roger Bambuck during the 200 meters final
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos is running to the bronze at Mexico City Olympic games 200 meters final
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tommie Smith and  John Carlos just after  Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games 200 m final
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tommie Smith and  John Carlos just before going up on the podium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Larry Questad, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the three americans who ran the Mexico City 1968 200 meters final
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 Olympic games  
 
John receiving bronze
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mexico City 1968 Olympic games most famous picture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos and Tommie Smith after leaving the Olympic Team
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos in a rare picture taken in Viareggio (Italy) on 1967
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos on 1967
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos and Bob Beamon  on 1969 in Stuttgart
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos  40th years later
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Carlos and Tommie Smith 40th years later