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Ck yang rafer johnson. College teammates rafer johnson and c k. The world s greatest friends face off in rome vying to be the world s greatest athlete ck yang and rafer johnson after the completion of the 1500 meter race and the decathlon at the 1960 rome olympics. Their relationship was predicated on mutual respect and admiration.
The 1960 olympic decathlon in rome. Yang s olympic medal was the first for taiwan. But in preparation for.
A legend in athletics rafer johnson also has the accolade of helping disarm and tackle sirhan sirhan sen. 1960 olympic decathlon champion and former world record holder johnson dies news world athletics is deeply saddened to hear that 1960 olympic decathlon champion rafer johnson widely regarded as one of the all time greats in the combined events died on wednesday 2 at the age of 86. During his time at ucla he broke the indoor world pole vaulting record.
The lead swung back and forth between them. In 1992 rafer johnson reflected on his 1960 decathlon gold over his friend training partner and competition c. Friendly rivals rafer johnson of the u s.
During their time at ucla rafer johnson ck yang were great friends. For the key role of lighting the olympic flame organizers chose rafer johnson winner of the 1960 olympic decathlon gold medal and one of the city s most treasured athletes. He also won two gold medals for his.
Yang a native of taiwan came to ucla in 1959 speaking almost no english. Yang of taiwan are photographed during a workout just before the olympic games. Yang took the silver medal in the rome olympics with his bruins teammate rafer johnson winning the gold.
Yang s most memorable decathlon competition was a decathlon duel with rafer johnson his friend and teammate at university of california at los angeles during the 1960 summer olympics in rome. Yang battle for the gold medal. Rafer johnson was expected to win gold in the decathlon at the 1960 rome olympics.
Yang was a born track star.