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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 1,275,703 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Tommie Smith is the 39th most popular athlete (up from 44th in 2019), the 2,075th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,069th in 2019) and the 14th most popular American Athlete.

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Among athletes, Tommie Smith ranks 39 out of 3,059Before him are Ben Johnson, Sohn Kee-chung, Shizo Kanakuri, Vasily Alekseyev, Coroebus of Elis, and Ivan Patzaichin. After him are Mark Phillips, Jānis Lūsis, Alberto Juantorena, Peter Norman, Valeriy Brumel, and Ellery Harding Clark.

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Among people born in 1944, Tommie Smith ranks 136Before him are Carlos Pace, Gianfranco Ferré, John Entwistle, Alice Walker, Kemal Sunal, and Johnny Winter. After him are Brian Tracy, Richard Leakey, Pattie Boyd, Agnes Baltsa, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Jon Anderson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Tommie Smith ranks 2,075 out of 18,182Before him are Georgina Spelvin (1936), Walter Tevis (1928), Alan Menken (1949), Madeleine Stowe (1958), Leland Stanford (1824), and Perry Como (1912). After him are Teri Hatcher (1964), Candice Bergen (1946), Tanya Roberts (1955), Harpo Marx (1888), John Derek (1926), and Lewis Hine (1874).

Among ATHLETES In United States

Among athletes born in United States, Tommie Smith ranks 14Before him are Mike Powell (1963), Ray Ewry (1873), Thomas Burke (1875), Larry Scott (1938), Al Oerter (1936), and Frank Zane (1942). After him are Ellery Harding Clark (1874), Eddie Eagan (1897), Irving Baxter (1876), Alvin Kraenzlein (1876), Wilma Rudolph (1940), and Jim Thorpe (1887).