Olympic gold medalist and former San Jose State sprinter Ronnie Ray Smith died Sunday at a hospice in Los Angeles, former college teammate Kirk Clayton said. Smith was 64.
Smith attended San Jose State during the "Speed City" era under coach Bud Winter.
Charlie Greene, Mel Pender, Smith and Jim Hines won the 400-meter relay at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The U.S. quartet set a world record of 38.24 seconds.
In the semifinals of the 1968 AAU meet, Smith and Hines both ran 9.9 in the 100 to set a world mark. But at the final U.S. Olympic trials, Smith placed fourth.