Remembering Billy Mills


If you do it right, it seems, once is enough.

Billy Mills is on the phone from his home in California. At 76, his voice is as self-assured as it must have been in 1964 when he showed the world for all time what a winning kick in a distance race looks like. Billy Mills is still cool.

Fifty years? It can’t be a half-century ago that he, world record holder Ron Clarke of Australia and Mohammed Gammoudi of Tunisia locked up in a last-lap duel in Tokyo in the Olympic 10,000 meters final.

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