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THE MAN RAFER HAS TO BEAT AT ROME
James Murray
July 18, 1960
RAFER'S RED RIVALThese drawings show Vastly Kuznetsov, the Russian champion, in each of the 10 decathlon events. Kuznetsov uses six types of track shoe (one is shown at left).
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July 18, 1960

The Man Rafer Has To Beat At Rome

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RAFER'S RED RIVAL
These drawings show Vastly Kuznetsov, the Russian champion, in each of the 10 decathlon events. Kuznetsov uses six types of track shoe (one is shown at left).

CLOCKS AND TAPES
These marks are those recorded by Kuznetsov and Johnson as they set their world records. But each has done better in all 10 events separately at other times.

ATTRITION
Weariness attacks on the second day, especially after the demanding pole vault. When the last event, the 1,500, begins, the athletes are near exhaustion.

VASILY'S VERSATILITY
Most decathlon men are especially strong in one or two events and not so good in the others. But Kuznetsov, like Rafer Johnson, is outstanding in nine of the 10 events (the 1,500 meters is a weak spot for everyone).

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