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Billy Mills

Olympic gold medalist, athlete and United States Marine Corps officer

1938   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: University of Kansas
occupation: military officer, marathon runner, long-distance runner
award received: Theodore Roosevelt Award

William Mervin Mills (born June 30, 1938), also known as Tamakoce Te'Hila, is an Oglala Lakota former track and field athlete who won a gold medal in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 mi) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His 1964 victory is considered one of the greatest Olympic upsets because he was a virtual unknown going into the event. He was the first non-European to win the Olympic event and remains the only winner from the Americas. A United States Marine, Billy Mills is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
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