Tommie Smith

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Birthday
6, 1944
Birthplace
Clarksville, TX
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
6, 1944 (age 76)
Birthplace
Clarksville, TX

About

American track and field athlete who was the first person to break the 20-second barrier in the 200-meter dash in the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Before Fame

He earned a scholarship to San Jose State because of his phenomenal speed.

Trivia

His Black Power salute during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics became an important symbol of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Family Life

He fathered a daughter, Danielle, with his first wife before marrying Delois in 2000.

Associated With

He was breaking records at the Summer Olympics long before Usain Bolt was.