Mem­o­rable mo­ments in the his­tory of Turner Field

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

On Sun­day, the Braves will play their last game at Turner Field and the sta­dium will move on to its next chap­ter, likely as a col­lege foot­ball field. Since it opened for the 1996 At­lanta Olympics, it’s been the site of many mem­o­rable mo­ments:

July 19, 1996 — Muham­mad Ali, stricken by Parkinson’s dis­ease and hands trem­bling, lights the caul­dron to open the Sum­mer Games at what was then known as Cen­ten­nial Olympic Sta­dium.

July 29, 1996 — Carl Lewis wins the last of his nine gold medals with a dra­matic vic­tory in the long jump. He re­mains one of just three ath­letes to cap­ture the same event at four straight Olympics, along with Al Oerter and Michael Phelps.

Aug. 1, 1996 — Wear­ing golden shoes, Michael John­son crushes the world record with a time of 19.32 sec­onds in the 200 me­ters. He com­pletes an un­prece­dented men’s 200-400 dou­ble at the Olympics, and his mark will stand un­til Usain Bolt eclipses it 12 years later in Bei­jing.

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