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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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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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