AKA Lee Edward Evans
Birthplace: Madera, CA
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
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