Australia's Peter Norman finished second with a time of After the race was completed, the three went to the podium for their medals to be presented by David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter. The two US athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. It was Peter Norman who suggested Carlos wear Smith's left-handed glove. For this reason, Carlos raised his left hand as opposed to his right, differing from the traditional Black Power salute. As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd.
When Norman died in , Carlos and Smith were pallbearers at his funeral. AP You're probably not familiar with the name John Carlos. But you almost certainly know his image. As the Star-Spangled Banner begins to play, Smith and Carlos, two black Americans wearing black gloves, raise their fists in the black power salute. It is a symbol of resistance and defiance, seared into 20th-century history, that Carlos feels he was put on Earth to perform. The end don't matter.