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Tokyo's National Stadium hosts final sports event

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 2:59 am •  Published: May 25, 2014
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National Stadium played host to some memorable sporting moments over the years.

Bob Hayes won two gold medals at the 1964 Olympics, winning the men's 100 meters and anchoring the 4x100-meter relay for the United States.

Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila won his second straight Olympic marathon in 1964 and Peter Snell of New Zealand won the men's 800- and 1500-meter events.

In 1991, the stadium hosted the athletics world championships where Carl Lewis of the United States set a record of 9.86 in the men's 100 meters.

At the same meet, Mike Powell's leap of 8.95 meters in the long jump broke Bob Beamon's long-standing world record from the 1968 Summer Olympics.

The stadium was used primarily for soccer and rugby matches over the years, hosting Japan's national football team and J-League matches.