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Fred G. Braitsch Jr. ©Stars and StripesTokyo, Japan, October, 1964: U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Billy Mills crosses the finish line in what may have been the biggest upset of the 1964 Olympics, a record-setting triumph in the 10,000-meter race. Following him across the line are Mohammed Gamoudi of Tunisia (615) and pre-race favorite Ron Clarke of Australia. Mills, an Oglala Lakota American Indian, grew up on the Pine Ridge reservation and attended the University of Kansas. He is now the national spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, a wide-ranging charitable organization.

RELATED MATERIAL: A 1964 story about Mills and his upset win. A 1999 Stars and Stripes interview with Mills.


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