Lee Evans (sprinter)

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Lee Edward Evans (February 25, 1947 – May 19, 2021) was an American sprinter. He won two gold medals in the 1968 Summer Olympics, setting world records in the 400 meters and the 4 × 400 meters relay.

Evans co-founded the Olympic Project for Human Rights and was part of the athlete's boycott and the Black Power movement. He was born in Madera, California.

In 2011, Evans was diagnosed with a brain tumour.[1] On May 15, 2021, Evans had a stroke and was hospitalized in Lagos, Nigeria.[2] He died four days later, aged 74.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Almond, Elliott (2011-12-21). "Olympic legend Lee Evans to undergo surgery for brain tumor". East Bay Times. California: Bay Area News Group. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  2. "Update: Children of Olympic legend Lee Evans start fund raising campaign". The Mercury News. May 16, 2021.
  3. "Record-setting sprinter, '68 Olympic activist Lee Evans dies". AP News. May 19, 2021.