October 14, 2010 by staff
While accepting the gold medal for the 200 meter race at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, Smith and bronze medal winner John Carlos bowed their heads and thrust black-gloved hands in the air as a symbol of Black Power in the U.S. national anthem. Both athletes were banned for their racial protest but later received critical acclaim for their courage.
Smith, who is now 66-year, puts his medal and running shoes for auction at MIT memories with a starting bid of $ 250,000. The sale is open now until Nov. 4.
So why is it not selling the object that means the most – the black glove? There is a simple explanation for this. He lost.
(AP) – Tommie Smith is selling the gold medal he won at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, when his Black Power salute on the podium has shocked the sports world.
The former San Jose State runner has his gold medal in the 200 meters and peaks at auction in New York-based MIT Souvenirs. The offer starts at 250,000 and, as the sale is scheduled for Nov. 4.
The 66-year-old Smith, who now lives in Georgia, refused to comment on the San Jose Mercury News.
MIT Gary Zimet said Smith is selling the coin for the money but because he wants to share with the public.
Smith won the 200 in record time, and then was expelled from the Games and bronze medalist John Carlos when they bowed their heads at the Star-Spangled Banner and raised their black-gloved fists in protest. The protest human rights eventually earned an international reputation and Carlos Smith.
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