Praising the role of sprinter Usain Bolt in raising the level of interest in the sport, Michael Johnson said the sport's governing body should work with the Jamaican star to help promote athletics.
Jesse Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, 400 relay and long jump at the 1936 Berlin Games attended by Adolf Hitler, who used the Olympics to showcase his ideas of Aryan racial supremacy only to watch African-American athletes dominate the track and field events.
The 27-year-old Belachew Endale Abayneh led the Ethiopian gold rush as his compatriots won the titles in the men's and women's half-marathon.
Bolt set the current 200 world mark of 19.19s and the 100 record of 9.58 at the world championships in Berlin in 2009.
The charges add to those Oscar Pistorius already faces over the February 14 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and illegally possessing ammunition.
The statue will be ready by the end of December and Milkha Singh has been invited by the academy to unveil it.
The 27-year-old Bolt, who also won the award in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, successfully defended both his 100 and 200m titles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow this summer.
Augustine Yesudas and Archana Suseentran became the fastest male and female athletes by winning their respective 100m sprint events in meet record times, respectively, in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Stadium on Monday.
Owens' achievements at the 1936 Berlin Games are the stuff of Olympic legend. He won gold in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.
Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica has revealed in his autobiography that he ate 100 pieces of chicken nuggets on each of the 10 days of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. That's over 5000 calories daily!
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