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Craig Agena

Full name: Craig John Agena
Nickname(s): Jiro
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: September 7, 1960 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Northglenn Judo Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Judo


Craig Agena was the 1978 National High School Champion and the 1982 collegiate champion. He attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1983, winning the US Nationals that year. Agena also won the 1983 Scandanavian Open and the 1983 Belgian Open. He placed third at the 1987 World Military Championships (CISM). Agena learned judo from his father and represented the Northglenn Judo Club.

After college Agena was commissioned as a lieutenant in the US Army, and served in military intelligence. Agena became a foreign area officer, concentrating on geo-political-military issues and strategy in the Pacific. He was fluent in German and Japanese (he was of Japanese-American descent), which helped in his career. He worked for 17 years in Japan in executive management, as the chief of the mutual defense assistance office in Japan. Agena was former Deputy Chief of Staff, G5 US Army Japan / I Corps (Forward), and left the Army as a colonel. He was awarded the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” by the Prime Minister on behalf of the Emperor of Japan.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Judo Men's Half-Lightweight United States USA 20T

Men's Half-Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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