Tommie Smith

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Tommie C. Smith (born June 6, 1944) is an American former track and 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 officially. 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 1,105,420 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Tommie Smith is the 44th most popular athlete (down from 38th in 2019), the 2,070th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,982nd in 2019) and the 17th most popular American Athlete.

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Among athletes, Tommie Smith ranks 44 out of 3,055Before him are Lasse Virén, Ronnie Coleman, Elvīra Ozoliņa, Jan Železný, Vasily Alekseyev, and Eddie Eagan. After him are Ville Ritola, Shizo Kanakuri, Frank Zane, Larry Scott, Florence Griffith Joyner, and Thomas Hicks.

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Among people born in 1944, Tommie Smith ranks 126Before him are Karin Schubert, Jürgen Grabowski, Robert C. Merton, Alice Walker, John Densmore, and Masanobu Izumi. After him are Jon Anderson, Kemal Sunal, Albert Hammond, Herbert Wimmer, Terry Brooks, and Willem van Hanegem.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Tommie Smith ranks 2,070 out of 15,968Before him are Robert Hansen (1939), Henry Bergman (1868), The Undertaker (1965), Solomon Burke (1936), Donald Glover (1983), and R. L. Stine (1943). After him are Frank Borzage (1894), Sojourner Truth (1797), Abigail Adams (1744), Chuck Yeager (1923), Sam Raimi (1959), and Ricky Nelson (1940).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Tommie Smith ranks 17Before him are Mike Powell (1963), Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Alvin Kraenzlein (1876), Irving Baxter (1876), Ronnie Coleman (1964), and Eddie Eagan (1897). After him are Frank Zane (1942), Larry Scott (1938), Florence Griffith Joyner (1959), Parry O'Brien (1932), Archie Hahn (1880), and Robert Garrett (1875).