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Campbell, 1st black Olympic decathlon winner, dies

Updated: November 4, 2012, 10:42 PM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Milt Campbell, who became the first African-American to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956 and went on to play pro football and become a motivational speaker, has died, his family said. He was 78.

Linda Rusch, Campbell's partner of 13 years, said Campbell died Friday at his home in Gainesville, about 55 miles northwest of Atlanta. She said he had been fighting prostate cancer for a decade.

"He was extremely disciplined," Rusch told The Associated Press on Saturday. ...

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