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Mal Whitfield, two-time Olympic 800m champ, dies at 91

Mal Whitfield

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: 1948 Olympic gold medalist Mal Whitfield attends the Team USA Road to London 100 Days Out Celebration in Times Square on April 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for USOC)

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Mal Whitfield, an American who won three Olympic track and field gold medals and five overall, died at age 91 on Wednesday, according to the IAAF.

Whitfield won 1948 and 1952 Olympic 800m titles (the former in an Olympic record time, the latter matching it) and was part of the 1948 4x400m relay gold medal-winning team. He also took silver in the 1952 Olympic 4x400m and bronze in the 1948 Olympic 400m.

Whitfield competed at the London 1948 Olympics as an Air Force Sergeant, becoming the first U.S. serviceman to win gold on active duty.

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