Bill Toomey

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Bill Toomey
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City Decathlon
Pan American Games
Gold 1967 Winnipeg Decathlon
Gold 1965 Budapest Decathlon

William Anthony Toomey (born January 10, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former American track and field competitor and the 1968 Olympic decathlon champion.

A graduate of Worcester Academy and the University of Colorado, Toomey was named ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year in 1968. He received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States in 1969.

Toomey married Olympic gold-medal winning British athlete Mary Rand in 1969 and they had two daughters, Samantha and Sarah. They divorced after 22 years of marriage.

Toomey was head coach in track and field at the University of California at Irvine in the early 1970s.[citation needed]

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Preceded by
West Germany Kurt Bendlin
Men's decathlon world record holder
December 11, 1969 – September 8, 1972
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Mykola Avilov
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
West Germany Willi Holdorf
World's Greatest Athlete
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Mykola Avilov
Preceded by
United States Bob Beamon
Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
United States Randy Matson