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Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 86

FILE – In this Sept. 5, 1960, file photo, Rafer Johnson of the United States, center, finishers the fourth heat of the decathlon 100 meter dash at the Olympics in Rome, Italy. Eef Kamerbeek of Netherlands is at left, and Gurbachan Singh Randhawa of India is at right. Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. (AP Photo/Olympic Pool, File) NY157 NY157

Rafer Johnson, who was among the world's greatest athletes when he won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics, and who helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died in Los Angeles.  VIEW

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