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Lee Evans

AKA Lee Edward Evans

Born: 25-Feb-1947
Birthplace: Madera, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Track and Field

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Sprinter, 2 Olympic Gold Medals in 1968

In the 1968 Olympics, set the World Record for the 400m sprint, which he held from 1968 to 1988. Evans, with fellow African-American medalists Larry James and Ron Freeman, received their medals wearing berets in imitation of the Black Panther Party. Earlier, Tommie Smith had given a "black power salute" and been suspended from further participation by Avery Brundage, head of the IOC.

    Olympic Gold Medal 1968 (400m)
    Olympic Gold Medal 1968 (4 x 400m relay)
    US Olympic Hall of Fame 1989

    Salute (17-Jul-2008) · Himself

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