Ronnie Ray Smith

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Ronnie Smith
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Birth nameRonald Ray Smith
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipAmerican
Born(1949-03-28)March 28, 1949
Los Angeles, California
DiedMarch 31, 2013(2013-03-31) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California
 
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Ronnie Smith
Personal information
Birth nameRonald Ray Smith
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipAmerican
Born(1949-03-28)March 28, 1949
Los Angeles, California
DiedMarch 31, 2013(2013-03-31) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California

Ronald "Ronnie" Ray Smith (March 28, 1949 – March 31, 2013) was an American athlete, winner of the gold medal in the 4×100 m relay at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He attended San Jose State College during the "Speed City" era, coached by Lloyd (Bud) Winter.

At the 1968 AAU Championships, Ronnie Ray Smith equaled the 100 m world record in the semifinal, repeating the same time of 9.9 which was run by Jim Hines in the same race and Charles Greene in the other semifinal of the same competition.[1] That evening of June 20, 1968 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California has been dubbed by track and field historians as the "Night of Speed."[2][3] Since Green was still 19 years old at the time, that mark also became the World Junior Record, which lasted for exactly 8 years.

At the Mexico Olympics, Smith ran the third leg in the American 4x100 m relay team that won the gold medal and set a new world record of 38.24 seconds.

Smith died in a hospice facility in Los Angeles, California on March 31st, 2013. He was 64.[4]

Ronnie Ray Smith's funeral was featured on the TLC reality T.V. show Best Funeral Ever. His casket "ran" a 100yd race and was propped up to receive a gold medal in a mock Olympics.[5]

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Records
Preceded by
Unknown
Men's World Junior Record Holder, 100 metres
20 June 1968 – 20 June 1976
Succeeded by
United States Harvey Glance