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Al Oerter


1936 Born in Astoria, New York City
1954 Enters University of Kansas
1956 Wins first Olympic gold medal in Melbourne
1957, 1959-60, 1962, 1964, 1966 U.S. National Champion
1959 Pan-American champion
1960 Wins second Olympic gold medal in Rome
1962 Breaks U.S. record three times; world record twice
1963-64 Breaks U.S. and world records
1964 Wins third Olympic gold medal in Tokyo
1968 Wins fourth Olympic gold medal in Mexico City, retires
1974 Inducted into USA Track & Field Hall of Fame
1976 Comes out of retirement to train for 1980 Olympics
1976 Personal best discus toss: 227 feet, 103/4 inches
1980 Finishes fourth in Olympic trials for three-man team; US boycotts the Moscow Olympics
1983 Inducted into Olympic Hall of Fame

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