Mikio Oda

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Mikio Oda
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Mikio Oda
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1928 Amsterdam Triple jump
In this Japanese name, the family name is Oda.

Mikio Oda (織田 幹雄, Oda Mikio, March 30, 1905–December 2, 1998) was a Japanese athlete. He is best known as a track and field) competitor in three Summer Olympic Games.[1]

He was the first Japanese Olympic gold medalist. He was the first Asian Olympic champion in an individual event.[2]

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Oda's main event was triple jump, but he also competed in long jump and high jump. He participated in all three events in the 1924 Summer Olympics, the 1928 Summer Olympics and the 1932 Summer Olympics.[1]

In 1928 games in Amsterdam, he won the gold medal in the triple jump event.[3]

Oda later also set the world record in the sport, when he jumped for 15.58 m while studying in Waseda University during 1931.[1]

He became a member of the Japanese Olympic Committee.[2]

During the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the Olympic flag was raised to a height of exactly 15.21 meters, to pay respect to Oda's achievement 36 years earlier.[1]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sports Reference.com (SR/Olympics), "Mikio Oda"; retrieved 2012-7-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), "Interview with Mikio Oda, first Japanese Olympic gold medallist," 26 April 2010; retrieved on 2012-7-26.
  3. Olympic.org, Mikio Oda; retrieved on 2012-7-26.

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