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August 15, 1988
Johnny Gray of the Santa Monica Track Club won the 800 meters in 1:43.10, the best time in the world this year, in an international track and field meet Sunday at Hengelo, Netherlands. The United States 400-meter relay team, anchored by Carl Lewis, posted its fastest time of the season to win the event in 38.64. The team of Michael Marsh, Mark Witherspoon, Joe DeLoach and Lewis topped its previous best, set last week at Sestriere, Italy, by two-hundredths of a second.
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October 3, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
While the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills warmed up before a game last month, a solitary figure stood off to the side, passing judgment on how they were dressed. Scribbling his findings into a notebook, Johnnie Gray kept his eyes peeled for untucked jerseys, bare midriffs and unauthorized footwear, among other breaches of a strict dress code. The former Packers safety from Lompoc High and Cal State Fullerton counts himself among a 32-man crew entrusted to maintain the rigid sartorial sanctity of the NFL. He is a uniform inspector.
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September 28, 1988 | Associated Press
Johnny Gray of the U.S. track and field team became the third American athlete to be detained for unruly behavior since the 1988 Olympics began when he was arrested for kicking a taxi. Police officials said Wednesday that Gray was arrested after an argument with a taxi driver Tuesday night. Gray had finished fifth in the Olympic 800-meter race this week. According to the police account, the taxi driver, complaining that Gray was blocking the road, blew his car's horn.
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January 21, 2001 | RANDY HARVEY
Johnny Gray didn't compete in the L.A. Invitational track and field meet in 1960 with an all-star field including Don Bragg, Charlie Dumas, Parry O'Brien and Lee Calhoun; or in 1961, when fans stormed the gates of the sold-out Sports Arena to see Wilma Rudolph; or in 1966, when Kenya's Kip Keino ran for the first time in the United States. It just seems like he did. It's difficult for anyone who has been following track and field for the last two decades to remember an L.A.
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July 29, 1992 | MIKE DOWNEY, Times Staff Writer
You're traveling into another dimension. Next stop: The Johnny Zone. Johnny Gray of Los Angeles, asked Tuesday what his strategy will be against the runners he will oppose in the 800 meters, said: "I plan to take them into what I call the Johnny Gray Twilight Zone." This zone apparently is a place in which Johnny travels so fast, Johnny can never be caught. "I don't think anything will affect Johnny Gray.
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April 15, 1986
Johnny Gray, the second-highest ranked 800-meter runner in the world behind Brazil's Joaquim Cruz, will compete in the Pepsi Invitational May 17 at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
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February 18, 1985 | Associated Press
Johnny Gray, who set the world indoor best for 880 yards in Friday night's Michelob Invitational track and field meet at San Diego, has entered the USA-Mobil Indoor Championships Feb. 22 at Madison Square Garden. Gray was timed in 1 minute, 46.9 seconds at San Diego, erasing the mark of 1:47.97 held by Randy Wilson of the United States. Gray also set the American 800-meter record in the process. Gray also owns the American outdoor record for 800 meters, having clocked 1:42.
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January 23, 1999 | BOB WOLF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Johnny Gray will kick off his campaign to become the first American male track athlete to compete in five Summer Olympics when he runs in the revived San Diego Indoor Games tonight. Promoters Al and Don Franken have brought international track back to the San Diego Sports Arena after a 12-year absence, and Gray, 38, is one of the prime attractions. Also entered are two 1996 Olympic champions, decathlete Dan O'Brien and high jumper Charles Austin, and eight other Olympians.
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February 6, 1985 | ROSS NEWHAN, Times Staff Writer
The 800 meters is undergoing a revolution, middle-distance runner Johnny Gray said Tuesday. "If you thought there were some fast 800s last year," he said, "wait until you see what happens this year and in the future." Gray spoke at a luncheon introducing athletes who will participate in Friday's Times/Kodak Indoor Meet at the Forum. A product of Crenshaw High and Los Angeles City College, Gray now represents the Santa Monica Track Club.
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May 12, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All one had to do to see the clock turning back was watch a couple of veterans of the 1984 Summer Olympics run Saturday night at the Occidental Invitational. Johnny Gray, 35, and Ruth Wysocki, 39, set meet records, Gray running the third-fastest time (1:44.66) in the world this year in the 800 meters and Wysocki running the fourth-fastest time (4:07.6) in the 1,500.
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July 21, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Gray was thinking about calling a news conference to announce his retirement from track and field Thursday night, but the logistics were a little impractical. At the time, Gray was halfway through his first-round 800-meter qualifying heat at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. "I quit in the middle of the race," said Gray, who at 40 was trying to become the first American male track athlete to compete in five Olympics. "Because I quit the sport.
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February 19, 2000 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Gray and the Los Angeles Invitational Indoor track meet hit the big four-oh this year, in varying degrees of wear and tear. The Invitational, which debuted in 1960 and played to full houses in its early years, finds itself all but alone as its approaches middle age--long since abandoned by its title sponsor, more recently by the U.S.
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January 24, 1999 | BOB WOLF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Johnny Gray received a standing ovation before he toed the starting line Saturday night, and he didn't let the fans down. The popular four-time Olympian from Agoura Hills led wire-to-wire in his 800-meter specialty and won with ease in the revival of the San Diego Indoor Games at the San Diego Sports Arena. His time was 1 minute 50.28 seconds. "It was amazing," said Gray, 38, referring to the crowd of 7,200. "I was just taking my warmup lap when the people started clapping.
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January 23, 1999 | BOB WOLF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Johnny Gray will kick off his campaign to become the first American male track athlete to compete in five Summer Olympics when he runs in the revived San Diego Indoor Games tonight. Promoters Al and Don Franken have brought international track back to the San Diego Sports Arena after a 12-year absence, and Gray, 38, is one of the prime attractions. Also entered are two 1996 Olympic champions, decathlete Dan O'Brien and high jumper Charles Austin, and eight other Olympians.
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February 5, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So, how do you bring up the topic of advancing age with an athlete? Usually, delicately . . . waiting for the right moment and treading lightly. But Johnny Gray, 37, is fast off the track too. "I'm the old man running the 800 meters," he says. He is not frowning. He is smiling. Tread lightly? How about stomping on it with the full force of his running shoe? This guy loves to talk about his age. He would probably like to see a gray hair or two.
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July 31, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Believe it or not, there was a Santa Monica Track Club before Carl Lewis. Johnny Gray knows because he was part of it. "We were mainly a club for middle-distance and distance runners then," Gray said Tuesday on a day off from the Olympic track and field competition. "A bunch of us were running in Europe in 1979 when we heard that we'd just signed a sprinter named Carl Lewis. We wondered if he'd ever amount to anything."
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January 24, 1999 | BOB WOLF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Johnny Gray received a standing ovation before he toed the starting line Saturday night, and he didn't let the fans down. The popular four-time Olympian from Agoura Hills led wire-to-wire in his 800-meter specialty and won with ease in the revival of the San Diego Indoor Games at the San Diego Sports Arena. His time was 1 minute 50.28 seconds. "It was amazing," said Gray, 38, referring to the crowd of 7,200. "I was just taking my warmup lap when the people started clapping.
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May 12, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All one had to do to see the clock turning back was watch a couple of veterans of the 1984 Summer Olympics run Saturday night at the Occidental Invitational. Johnny Gray, 35, and Ruth Wysocki, 39, set meet records, Gray running the third-fastest time (1:44.66) in the world this year in the 800 meters and Wysocki running the fourth-fastest time (4:07.6) in the 1,500.
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