EXCLUSIVE: Statue honoring 1964 Olympic icon Billy Mills needs home | The Japan Times

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Courtesy of Global Running Culture

Some of track and field’s biggest names have lent their prominent voices toward an effort to honor Olympic icon Billy Mills in 2020, The Japan Times has learned.

Edwin Moses and Ollan Cassell are staunch supporters of a bold plan to recognize Mills in Tokyo, where his stunning victory over Australian bronze medalist Ron Clarke and Tunisian runner-up Mohammed Gammoudi in the men’s 10,000 meters on Oct. 14, 1964, remains one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history.

Pojoaque Pueblo artist George Rivera, who resides in New Mexico, has created a 3.3-meter (11-foot) bronze statue of Mills. The Native American’s lofty ambition is to have the statue showcased in Tokyo during the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Source: Statue honoring 1964 Olympic icon Billy Mills needs home | The Japan Times

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