Mikia Oda (JPN) - Museum of World Athletics
Plaque name: Mikio Oda (JPN)
Location: Japan Olympic Museum, 4-2 Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo 160-0013, Japan.
Plaque awarded: 09/12/2021
Reason: Plaque Category – Legend
Mikio Oda (JPN)
30 March 1905 - 2 December 1998
The 1928 Olympic triple jump gold medallist was Japan’s first ever Olympic champion across all sports. In Amsterdam, Oda leapt 15.21m for victory.
In 1931, after graduating from Waseda University, Oda joined the Asahi Shimbun newspaper as a reporter. In that same year, he set a triple jump world record of 15.58m. Oda’s name is commemorated at a track and field stadium as well as at the annual track meet in Hiroshima.