Throwback Thursday. Wyomia Tyus, 1968.
"Wyomia Tyus was there to witness one of the most memorable events in Olympic history. She watched as Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads, raised their fists, and silently protested the country that had shown such incredible racial injustice. Tyus was so moved by these actions she dedicated the gold medals for which she had worked so hard to Smith and Carlos. “What I did … was win a track event. What they did lasted a lifetime, and life is bigger than sport.” Tommie Smith and John Carlos were not the only athletes to make history at these 1968 Olympics. Tyus became the first runner, male or female, to defend her title in the 100-meter dash."
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