Yoshinori Sakai at the 1964 Olympics
|Born||August 6, 1945|
Miyoshi, Hiroshima, Japan
|Died||September 10, 2014 (aged 69)|
Sakai was born on the day of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He was chosen for the role to symbolize Japan's postwar reconstruction and peace. At the time he was a member of Waseda University's running club. The nineteen-year-old was coached in the ceremonial duty by Teruji Kogake, a triple jump world record-holder turned coach. He never actually competed in the Olympics.
After the Olympic games, he won a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay and a silver in the 400 m at the 1966 Asian Games. He joined Fuji Television in 1968 as a journalist and worked mainly in the fields of news and sports.
He died of cerebral bleeding in Tokyo on September 10, 2014.
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Norma Enriqueta Basilio de Sotelo
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