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Japan’s 2004 Olympic hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi hinted at his retirement on Friday after placing 12th in men’s final at the National Athletics Championships, a result that ended his hopes of competing at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The 41-year-old veteran was returning to the nationals after a two-year absence and seeking a 21st title, but he came up well short of the Rio qualifying mark failing to reach the fourth round of throws.

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