Monday, 22 May 2017 23:26

Berlin Olympic Stadium may stop holding track and field events

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium — where Jesse Owens won four gold medals and Usain Bolt broke two world records — may soon be done hosting track and field under renovation plans.

Plans were announced on Friday for the iconic venue to be converted into a soccer-specific stadium for Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.

The famous blue track could be gone after it hosts the 2018 European Track and Field Championships.

On Saturday, Berlin mayor Michael Mueller said the renovation could still allow for a removable track to keep the option for hosting track and field at the stadium, according to a Berlin newspaper.

The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1936 Berlin Games, where Jesse Owens won the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. A street just outside the stadium was renamed Jesse Owens Allee in 1984.

It was renovated before hosting 2006 World Cup matches and then held the 2009 World Track and Field Championships, where Bolt set the current world records in the 100m (9.58 seconds) and 200m (19.19).

NBC Sports | Nick Zaccardi