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Olympic anti-racism icon Tommie Smith sees no successors

Famed Olympian and protester Tommie Smith believes modern athletes are less political than before, despite the need to continue fighting racism, including in the United States, where it “can’t get any worse.”

Smith, an American sprinter who won a gold medal in Mexico City in 1968, produced one of the most iconic images of the modern Olympics when he raised his fist on the podium to protest racial discrimination.

The gesture at the height of his career, when he was just 24 years old, earned him a lifetime ban from athletics for violating rules banning political statements by the International Olympic Committee.

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