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Rafer Johnson

Full name: Rafer Lewis Johnson
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Born: August 18, 1935 in Hillsboro, Texas, United States
Affiliations: Southern California Striders, Anaheim (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Father of Jenny Johnson-Jordan.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Rafer Johnson made his decathlon début in 1954 and the next year he won the Pan American Games title and set the first of his three world decathlon records. Johnson, who competed for UCLA and the Southern California Striders, won the AAU decathlon in 1956, 1958, and 1960 and after placing second to Milt Campbell at the 1956 Olympics, never lost another decathlon. He was injured at the 1956 Games, which forced him to withdraw from the Olympic long jump, for which he had also qualified. After his retirement in 1960 he acted in a few movies, and served for many years as a commercial spokesman for many products. The plaintiff cry moment's after Robert Kennedy's assassination was, "Get the gun, Rafer!", and it was Rafer Johnson to whom the voice beckoned. Johnson and football star Rosey Grier were rabid Kennedy supporters and were standing next to him that fateful night. In 1984 Rafer Johnson was chosen to light the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympics.

His brother Jimmy played NFL football for 16 years with the San Francisco 49ers.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.3 (1957); 220y – 21.0 (1956); 400 – 47.9 (1956); 110H – 13.8 (1956); HJ – 6-2½ (1.89) (1955); PV – 13-5¼ (4.09) (1960); LJ – 25-5½ (7.76) (1956); SP – 54-11½ (16.75) (1958); DT – 172-3 (52.50) (1960); JT – 251-9 (76.73) (1960); Dec – 7982 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 2 Silver
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1952HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT) T(H) T(A) D P(1952T) P(1985T) H T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Final Standings 2 7,587 7.422 7.457
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 100 metres 2T 948 830 863 10.9 10.99
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Five 1 948 830 863 10.9 10.99
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Long jump 1 7.34 902 896
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Shot put 3 14.48 819 758
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States High jump 6T 806 653 1.83
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 400 metres 3T 900 841 838 49.3 49.49
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 400 metres Heat One 2 900 841 838 49.3 49.49
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 5 788 809 815 15.1 15.29
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Four 1 788 809 815 15.1 15.29
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Discus throw 4 42.17 688 709
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Pole vault 4 695 590 3.90
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States Javelin throw 3 60.27 738 742
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 1,500 metres 10 303 594 4:54.2 4:54.24
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat Two 4 303 594 4:54.2 4:54.24
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Final Standings 1 OR 8,392 7.901 7.926
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States 100 metres 3 948 830 845 10.9 11.07
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Four 1 948 830 845 10.9 11.07
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Long jump 2 7.35 906 898
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Long jump Round One NP 7.21
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Long jump Round Two NP 6.92
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Long jump Round Three NP 7.35
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Shot put 1 OB 15.82 976 840
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Shot put Round One NP 14.55
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Shot put Round Two NP 15.82
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Shot put Round Three NP 15.26
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States High jump 3T 832 670 1.85
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States 400 metres 3 985 888 48.3
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 5T 740 785 795 15.3 15.46
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat One 1 740 785 795 15.3 15.46
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Discus throw 3 48.49 894 839
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Discus throw Round One NP 44.54
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Discus throw Round Two NP 48.24
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Discus throw Round Three NP 48.49
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Pole vault 3T 795 645 4.10
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Javelin throw 3 69.76 980 886
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Javelin throw Round One NP 69.76
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Two NP 67.04
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States Javelin throw Round Three NP 63.90
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics United States 1,500 metres 15 336 620 4:49.7
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