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Japan’s 2004 Olympic hammer-throw winner Koji Murofushi confirmed his retirement during a visit to the Japan Sports Agency on Friday, two weeks after he missed out on a place in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The 41-year-old returned to the national championships following a two-year absence, seeking his 21st title and his fifth consecutive Olympic berth, but the bronze-medal winner in London four years ago fell short at Paloma Mizuho Stadium. He settled for 12th on 64.74 meters and said he was leaving the front line.

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