Tommie Smith

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Tommie Smith

Tommie C. Smith (born June 6, 1944) is an American former track & field athlete and former wide receiver in the American Football League. At the 1968 Summer Olympics, Smith, aged 24, won the 200-meter sprint finals and gold medal in 19.83 seconds – the first time the 20-second barrier was broken legally. His Black Power salute with John Carlos atop the medal podium to protest racism and injustice against African-Americans in the United States caused controversy, as it was seen as politicizing the Olympic Games. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tommie Smith has received more than 871,234 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 35th most popular athlete.

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  • 28

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  • 4.90

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.68

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Among athletes, Tommie Smith ranks 38 out of 2,090Before him are Eric Liddell, Jan Železný, Ben Johnson, Larry Scott, Vasily Alekseyev, and Dorando Pietri. After him are Al Oerter, Aladár Gerevich, Elvīra Ozoliņa, Rudolf Bauer, Frank Zane, and Mike Powell.

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Among people born in 1944, Tommie Smith ranks 126Before him are Michel Polnareff, Donna Haraway, Gianfranco Ferré, Johnny Winter, Rexhep Meidani, and Pattie Boyd. After him are Carlos Pace, Mordechai Spiegler, Michelle Phillips, James Michel, Frank Oz, and Robert C. Merton.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Tommie Smith ranks 1,982 out of 12,171Before him are Solomon Burke (1936), Joey DeMaio (1954), Cus D'Amato (1908), Paul Wolfowitz (1943), Robert E. Park (1864), and Morgan Robertson (1861). After him are Sheldon Adelson (1933), Cass Elliot (1941), Michael P. Anderson (1959), Ellen Pompeo (1969), Thomas Mitchell (1892), and Mariah Carey (1969).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Tommie Smith ranks 12Before him are Ray Ewry (1873), Dick Fosbury (1947), Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Ronnie Coleman (1964), Alvin Kraenzlein (1876), and Larry Scott (1938). After him are Al Oerter (1936), Frank Zane (1942), Mike Powell (1963), Robert Garrett (1875), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), and Archie Hahn (1880).