Join/Renew Now

John Carlos

Inducted: 2003, athlete

Born: June 5, 1945 - New York, New York

100 yd. - 9.10
200 m - 20.00

At the 1968 Olympic Trials, John Carlos stunned the track world when he beat Tommie Smith in the 200 meter finals and surpassed Smith's world record by 0.3 second. Though the record was never ratified because the spike formation on Carlos' shoes wasn't accepted at the time, the race reinforced his status as a world-class sprinter. After finishing third to Smith in the 200 meters at the Mexico Olympics, Carlos had his greatest year in 1969, equaling the world 100-yard record of 9.1, winning the AAU 220-yard run, and leading San Jose State to its first NCAA championship with victories in the 100 and 220 and as a member of the 4x110-yard relay. Carlos was also gold medalist at 200 meters at the 1967 Pan-American Games and set indoor world bests in the 60-yard dash (5.9) and 220-yard dash (20.2). Prior to his successful collegiate career at San Jose State University under Hall of Fame coach Bud Winter, Carlos attended East Texas State University, where he single-handedly won the school's first Lone Star Conference Championship. Following his track career, Carlos tried professional football, where a knee injury curtailed his one-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. He then went on to the Canadian Football League where he played one season each for the Montreal Alouettes and the Toronto Argonauts. In 1985, he became a counselor and in-school suspension supervisor at Palm Springs (Calif.) High School.

Records Held
World Record: 100 yd. - 9.10

1968 Olympics: 200 m (3rd)
1969 AAU: 220 yd. (1st)
1967 Pan-Am Games: 200 m (1st)
1969 NCAA: 100 yd. (1st)
1969 NCAA: 220 yd. (1st)
1969 NCAA: 440 yd. relay (1st)

undergraduate: East Texas State (Commerce, Texas)
undergraduate: San Jose State (San Jose, California), 1970

Educational counselor/supervisor
Public speaker

Nike Toyota Hershey Garden of Life NCSA Gatorade KT Nationwide Normatec St. Vincent UCS