US 400m great and rights activist Lee Evans dies at 74

By Rek Hanibal Published on May 21, 2021
US 400m great and rights activist Lee Evans dies at 74

American Evans was the first man to break the 44-second mark in the 400m when he claimed gold in 43.86secs at the 1968 Mexico GamesHe won men's 4x400m relay gold at the same Games and wore a black beret in solidarity with his team-mates, who were removed from the tournament.

Evans was a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, highlighting racial injustice in America before the 1968 Games. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were sent home from Mexico for raising their fists as the national anthem played during the 200m medal ceremony.

Evans and his 400m relay teammates wore black berets on the podium to show their support. He coached national teams in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia when his competitive career finished.

Rek Hanibal

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