John Carlos

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Carlos in 2012

John Wesley Carlos (born June 5, 1945) is an American former track and field athlete. He won the bronze medal in the 200 meter sprint at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. As well as winning the bronze medal, he was known for performing a famous Black Power salute with fellow American Tommie Smith on the medal podium. Carlos did this as a protest against racism towards African-Americans.[1] Carlos and Smith were also supported by Australian silver medalist Peter Norman.[2]

Carlos was born in Harlem, New York City. His memoir, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, was published in 2011.

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  1. Chulani, Nikhita (October 17, 2018). "Black Power salute: 50 years on how much has changed? – video explainer". The Guardian. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. Webster, Andrew (October 20, 2018). "Finally, the real story about Peter Norman and the black power salute". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved April 19, 2019.

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