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Encyclopedia > Rafer Johnson
Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Silver Melbourne 1956 Decathlon
Gold Rome 1960 Decathlon

Rafer Lewis Johnson (born August 18, 1935) is a former American decathlete. A womens 400 metre hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were held in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. ... The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, were held in 1960 in Rome, Italy. ... August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... // The Decathlon Day 1: 100 m long jump shot put High Jump 400 m Day 2: 110m hurdles discus throw pole vault javelin throw 1500 m Decathlon sprouted from the ancient game pentathlon. ...


Johnson was born in Hillsboro, Texas, but moved to Kingsburg, California at age 9. In high school, he played on the school's football, baseball and basketball teams. As a versatile athlete, he was attracted to the decathlon after seeing double Olympic Champion Bob Mathias compete and told his coach "I could have beaten most of those guys in that meet". Hillsboro is a city in Hill County, Texas, United States. ... Kingsburg is a city in Fresno County, California. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Robert Bruce Mathias (November 17, 1930 - September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and United States Congressman. ...


He competed in his first meet in 1954, as a freshman at UCLA. His progress in the event was impressive, and he broke the world record in his fourth competition. He also pledged Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, America's first nondiscriminatory fraternity while at UCLA. In 1955, in Mexico City, he won the title at the Pan American Games. Johnson qualified for both the decathlon and the long jump events for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. However, he was hampered by an injury, and forfeited his place in the long jump. Despite this, he managed to take second place in the decathlon, finishing behind his compatriot Milt Campbell. It would turn out to be his last defeat in the event. See also: 1953 in sports, other events of 1954, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. // 1954 World Championships Mens all-around champion: Viktor Chukarin, USSR Womens all-around champion: Galina Rudko, USSR Team competition champions: mens - USSR; womens - USSR NASCAR Championship... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... A world record is the best performance in a certain discipline, usually a sports event. ... Pi Lambda Phi (ΠΛΦ or Pi Lam) is a college social fraternity founded by Frederick Manfred Werner, Louis Samter Levy, and Henry Mark Fisher at Yale University in 1895. ... The Pan American Games are a multi-sport event, held every four years between competitors from all nations of the Americas. ... Long jumper at the GE Money Grand Prix in Helsinki, July 2005. ... The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were held in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. ... Melbournes Yarra River is a popular area for walking, jogging, cycling, rowing and for relaxing on the banks with a picnic Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... Milton Gray Campbell (b. ...


Due to injury, Johnson missed the 1957 and 1959 seasons (the latter due to a car accident), but in 1958 and 1960, he improved the world record two more times. The crown on his career came in 1960, at the Rome Olympics. His most important opponent was Yang Chuan-Kwang of Taiwan. Yang also studied at UCLA, and the two were training together and had become friends, training under legendary UCLA track coach Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake. After nine events, Johnson led Yang, but Yang was thought to be capable of overcoming this gap in the final event, the 1500 m. Johnson however managed to cling on to Yang, and won the gold. See also: 1956 in sports, other events of 1957, 1958 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker Indianapolis 500 - Sam Hanks USAC Racing - Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans... See also: 1958 in sports, other events of 1959, 1960 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 — Rodger Ward USAC Racing — Rodger Ward Formula One Champion — Jack Brabham of Australia... See also: 1957 in sports, other events of 1958, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap... See also: 1959 in sports, other events of 1960, 1961 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rex White Indianapolis 500 - Jim Rathmann USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship... The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, were held in 1960 in Rome, Italy. ... Yang Chuan-kwang, or C.K. Yang (Chinese: ) (born 10 July 1933 in Taitung, Taiwan, died January 27, 2007 in California, United States) was a former Olympic decathlete from Taiwan. ...


After this gold medal, Johnson ended his athletic career. In 1960, he began acting in motion pictures and worked as a sportscaster. In 1968, he worked on the presidential election campaign of Robert Kennedy and was one of those present who helped wrestle Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan to the floor. Sixteen years later, he was chosen to ignite the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Robert Kennedy Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy, also called RFK (November 20, 1925–June 6, 1968) was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, and was appointed by his brother as Attorney General for his administration. ... Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan Bishara Sirhan (born March 19, 1944) was convicted of murdering Senator Robert F. Kennedy. ... The Olympic Flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame, Olympic Fire, Olympic Torch, Olympic Light, Olympic Eye, and Olympic Sun is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City  498. ...


Johnson made several film appearances including the James Bond film Licence to Kill as a DEA agent. The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond 007 is a fictional British agent [1] created in 1952 by writer Ian Fleming, featured in several novels and short stories. ... Licence to Kill (released in the United States as License to Kill, but sold in the U.S. home video market with the British spelling) is the sixteenth film in the James Bond film series made by EON Productions. ...


Johnson's autobiography, "The Best That I Can Be" was published in 1998.


Johnson's brother, Jimmy, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his daughter, Jennifer, competed in beach volleyball at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney following her collegiate career at UCLA. James Earl Johnson (born March 31, 1938 in Dallas, Texas) was an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... Jenny Johnson Jordan (born June 8, 1973) is an American beach volleyball player. ... A beach volleyball game in progress Beach volleyball in Vancouver Beach volleyball has evolved from the popular social games of volleyball played on many beaches around the world. ... (Redirected from 2000 Olympic Games) Categories: 2000 Summer Olympics ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ...


Rafer Johnson Junior High School in Kingsburg, Ca. is named after Johnson.


Rafer Johnson Community Day School in Bakersfield, CA is also named after Johnson.


See also

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External links

  • Video clip from 1984 Summer Olympics, including Rafer Johnson lighting the Olympic Flame
Olympic champions in the all around, pentathlon and decathlon
As all-around: Tom Kiely
As pentathlon: Hjalmer Mellander | Jim Thorpe | Eero Lehtonen (twice)
As decathlon: Jim Thorpe | Helge Løvland | Harold Osborn | Paavo Yrjölä | James Bausch | Glenn Morris | Bob Mathias (twice) | Milt Campbell | Rafer Johnson | Willi Holdorf | Bill Toomey | Nikolay Avilov | Bruce Jenner | Daley Thompson (twice) | Christian Schenk | Robert Změlík | Dan O'Brien | Erki Nool | Roman Šebrle
Preceded by
Sandra Dubravčič
Sarajevo 1984
Final Olympic Torchbearer
Rafer Johnson

Los Angeles 1984
Succeeded by
Robyn Perry
Calgary 1988

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Rafer Johnson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (418 words)
Rafer Lewis Johnson (born August 18, 1935) is a former American decathlete.
Johnson qualified for both the decathlon and the long jump events for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.
Johnson's brother, Jimmy, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his daughter, Jennifer, competed in beach volleyball at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
MSN Encarta - Rafer Johnson (362 words)
Johnson, Rafer (1935?- ), American track-and-field athlete, who won the gold medal in the decathlon event at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy.
Rafer Lewis Johnson was born in Hillsboro, Texas.
Johnson finished the 1500-meter race behind Yang, but close enough to maintain his overall lead, winning the gold medal and setting a new Olympic record.
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