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Hitoshi Saito

Full name: Hitoshi Saito
Original name: 斎藤 仁
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 315 lbs (143 kg)
Born: January 2, 1961 in Aomori, Aomori, Japan
Died: January 20, 2015 in Higashiosaka, Osaka, Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Judo

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)


Japanese judoka Hitoshi Saito won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games as a heavyweight. His 1984 gold was the first Japanese one after 20 years. He was 1983 World Champion in the open class, and was runner-up in the heavyweight division. He won the All-Japan Judo Championships in 1988 in the open class, after the retirement of [Yasuhiro Yamashita]. After his active career Saito became an instructor for Kokushikan University and became chairman of the All Japan Judo Federation. He was also coach of the Japanese judo team at the 2004 Olympic Games. In 2015 he died of bile duct cancer aged only 54 years.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 23 Los Angeles Judo Men's Heavyweight Japan JPN 1 Gold
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Judo Men's Heavyweight Japan JPN 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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