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Carlos, John Wesley

Born: 1945 AD
Currently alive, at 75 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Track and Field Athlete

1945 – He was born on the 5th of June in Harlem, New York.

1967 – He was the gold medalist at 200 meters at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and set indoor world bests in the 60-yard dash (5.9) and 220-yard dash (20.2).

1968 – Carlos became a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), initially created to organize a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

         – Olympic Trials, Carlos stunned the track world when he won the 200-meter dash in 19.92 seconds, beating world-record holder Tommie Smith and surpassing his record by 0.3 seconds.

1969 – Carlos had his greatest year in track and field, equaling the world 100-yard record of 9.1, winning the AAU 220-yard run, and leading San Jose State to its first NCAA championship with victories in the 100 and 220 and as a member of the 4×110-yard relay.

1985 – Carlos became a counselor and in-school suspension supervisor as well as the track and field coach, at Palm Springs, High School.

2003 – He was elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.

2005 – A statue showing Carlos and Smith on the medal stand was constructed by political artist Rigo 23 and dedicated on the campus of San Jose State University

2007 – John Carlos was honored at the Trumpet Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.