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Medal record

Yang Chuan-kwang
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  Republic of China
Olympic Games
Silver 1960 Rome Decathlon
Asian Games
Gold 1954 Manila Decathlon
Gold 1958 Tokyo Decathlon
Silver 1958 Tokyo 110m Hurdles
Silver 1958 Tokyo Long Jump
Bronze 1958 Tokyo 400m Hurdles
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yang.

Yang Chuan-kwang, or C.K. Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨传广traditional Chinese: 楊傳廣pinyin: Yáng Chuánguǎng) (10 July 1933 in Taitung, Taiwan – January 27, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 73), was an Olympic decathlete from the Republic of China.

Known as the "Iron Man of Asia," Yang won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1954 Asian Games, and he again won the gold medal in the decathlon in the 1958 Asian Games, and in addition, the silver medals in both the 110 meter hurdles and the long jump, and the bronze medal in the 400 meter hurdles. Yang's first Olympic Games competition was at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, where he finished in eighth place in the decathlon.

Yang's most memorable decathlon competition was a duel with, Rafer Johnson, his good friend and fellow track and field teammate at University of California at Los Angeles, during the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Going into the final event of the decathlon, the 1500 meter run, Yang trailed Johnson by just 67 points in the decathlon competition, but Johnson hung on to win the gold medal, with Yang winning the silver medal. Yang actually topped Johnson in all four track events, plus the three jumping or vaulting events, but the large margins in points that Johnson attained in the three throwing events (the shot put, the discus throw, and the javelin throw) was big enough to make Johnson the winner, and to put Yang in second place - the decathlon silver medalist.

[Note, the high jump, the broad jump, and the pole vault are also considered to be "field events", along the throwing events of the shot put, the javelin throw, and the discus throw. Thus, the decathlon consists of six field events and four track events. This article had formerly stated that there were seven "track events", which was not correct.]

In 1963, Yang set a new world record in the pole vault among decathlon competitors [1], and the next year, he competed again in the decathlon in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, finishing in fifth place.

Yang was a member of the Amis tribe of Taiwanese aborigines. He had a wife, Daisy, and two sons: Cedric Yang (Yang Sui-yuen) and C.K. Yang, Jr.

Yang, who contracted liver cancer in 2001 while he was the president of the National Sports Training Center at Kaohsiung, died on January 27, 2007, due to a massive Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, California.

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Preceded by
United States Rafer Johnson
Men's Decathlon World Record Holder
April 28, 1963 – July 24, 1966
Succeeded by
United States Russ Hodge
Preceded by
New Zealand Peter Snell
Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
New Zealand Peter Snell


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