Career highlights of American decathlete Rafer Johnson, who died Wednesday at the age of 86:
1955 — Won gold medal at Pan American Games in Mexico City, competing in just his fourth decathlon.
1955 — Set decathlon world record with 7,985 points at a meet in his hometown of Kingsburg, California.
1956 — Won first national decathlon championship.
1956 — Won silver medal at Melbourne Olympics.
1958 — Set world record (8,357 points) while defeating Vasily Kuznetsov of the Soviet Union during a U.S.-Soviet dual meet in Moscow.
1958 — Sets another world record (8,683 points) in Eugene, Oregon.
1960 — Won Olympic gold medal at Rome Games.
1960 — Named Associated Press Athlete of the Year and winner of James E. Sullivan Award as nation’s outstanding amateur athlete.