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Looking Back On Billy Mills' Upset Win At The 1964 Tokyo Olympics

American Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills running in 1965. (AP Photo)
American Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills running in 1965. (AP Photo)

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It was one of the greatest Olympic upsets ever: Billy Mills came from nowhere to win the 10,000-meter race at the 1964 Olympics in Japan.

The victory was a triumph that grew from the discrimination he faced growing up as the son of white and Native American parents.

We revisit host Robin Young’s 2014 conversation with Mills about his journey.

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This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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