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Walker, 1st black USOC chairman, dies

Dr. Leroy Walker, the recipient of the 2009 George Dales award
Leroy Walker was the first African-American to head the USOC.
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP)

LeRoy Walker, the first African-American to head the U.S. Olympic Committee and coach an American Olympic track and field team, has died. He was 93.

Scarborough & Hargett Funeral home says Walker died Monday in Durham. No cause of death was given.

Walker led the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1992 to 96, shepherding the Atlanta Games. He also coached the U.S. track team in 1976, which brought home 22 medals, including gold in the long jump, discus, decathlon, 400-meter hurdles and both men's relays.

Walker spent more than 40 years at North Carolina Central University, first as track coach, then later as chancellor of the school.

Current U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Scott Blackmun says Walker's impact on the U.S. Olympic movement and track and field will be felt for generations to come.

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