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Rafer Johnson

Awards And Accomplishments

1955 Won gold medal in decathlon at the Pan American Games
1956 Won silver medal in decathlon at the Melbourne Summer Olympic Games
1956, 1958, 1960 Named U.S. national decathlon champion
1958 Set world record in the decathlon at United States-Soviet track meet in Moscow
1958 Named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated
1960 Won gold medal in decathlon at the Rome Summer Olympic Games; named Sportsman of the Year by Sport magazine
1960 Named Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press
1960 Received James E. Sullivan Memorial Award from the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States
1974 Inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, Athletics Congress of the United States of America
1983 Inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame
1990 Inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame

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