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Larry James, a US athlete nicknamed "the Mighty Burner", played a supporting but still significant role in the Black Power demonstrations at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, the most widely publicised political act in the history of the Games.
He won a silver medal in the individual 400 metres and a gold in the relay, and though he later became a notably successful coach and administrator, he received greater prominence for his part in those events.
After the 200 metres, Tommie Smith, the winner, and John Carlos, in third place, raised black-gloved fists while The Star Spangled Banner was played.
The International Olympic Committee demanded that Smith and Carlos be expelled from the Games. The US officials initially refused until there was a threat to bar the entire US athletics team.
In the individual 400 metres, Lee Evans and James had an epic duel down the home straight. Evans set a world record of 43,86secs, which remained unbeaten until 1988. James, the pre-race favourite, did 43,97secs.
On the rostrum the pair, with Ron Freeman, another American who was third, wore black socks and berets, symbols of the Black Panthers.
But when the national anthem was played they took off their berets and were deferential, thereby escaping the committee's anger.
Two days later, in the 4x400 metres relay, the US quartet, with James running the third lap, set a world record of 2min 56,16secs. Another protest was staged on the rostrum.
In 1991, James told Sports Illustrated: "Pictures of us appeared in Black Panther newspapers and in the main media. We had something for everybody."
James is survived by his wife, a son and daughter. He was born on November 6 1947. He died of cancer on November 6, aged 61. - The Times News Service, London