Track & Field: Jetting into Gear


A British sports magazine picked him as its "Sportsman of the Year" for 1966. His face has been on the covers of publications in Sweden, Germany and Finland and he was the subject of a TV documentary in France. But in the U.S., Tommie Smith, 22, a home-grown lad from Acworth, Texas, is virtually unknown. He was not even among the ten candidates for the A.A.U.'s 1966 Sullivan Award to the country's top amateur athlete.* And the oversight seems doubly strange because Smith is currently the best sprinter in the world, as well as one of the most...

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