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John Carlos- Benicio Day-Rodriguez
Transcript of John Carlos- Benicio Day-Rodriguez
When walking up to the podium, they took off their shoes to symbolize their youth of poverty after receiving their medals, they raised a fist in the air to symbolize black power.
At Carlos and Smith's alma mater, San Jose State, there is a statue in their honor. It has them on the podium, Holding their fists triumphantly in the air. He and Smith won the 2008 Arthur Ashe Courage Award as well.
After the 200 meter event, they were taken off of the team and sent home. The Olympic Committee stated that they had to take them off the team or the United States track and field will not participate for the rest of the competition.
By: Benicio Day-Rodriguez
Track and Field Career
In 1967 he won the gold medal at 200 meters at the Pan-American Games. In the 1968 Olympic Trials, He broke the world record when he beat Tommie Smith in the 200 meter finals. But in the Games, Tommie Smith prevailed, taking the gold while Carlos settled for bronze behind Peter Norman of Austrailia.