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ESPN.com: From rags to sport riches - Rafer Johnson

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From rags to sport riches
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


No event in track and field is more difficult than the decathlon. That's because it's not one event, but 10. It's little wonder then that when Rafer Johnson, a high school star in four sports, decided to compete exclusively in track, he chose the decathlon.

  Rafer Johnson
In high school, Johnson won varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball and track.

Johnson already had the world record, three national AAU championships and a silver medal in the Olympics on his resumé when he competed in the 1960 Olympics. Missing was the gold. If the finely chiseled Johnson could hold on for one more event, the 1,500 meters, he would fulfill his quest. But Johnson disliked this event intensely.

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