|Born||6 August 1945 in Miyoshi, Hiroshima (JPN)|
|Died||10 September 2014|
Yoshinori Sakai was the final torch bearer who lit the Olympic Flame at the 1964 Tokyo Opening Ceremony. Sakai was chosen as a top athlete and he had also been born on the outskirts of Hiroshima on the day the atomic bomb immolated that city. Sakai won the 1966 Japanese title in the 400 metres and won a gold medal in the 4x400 relay and a silver in the 400 metres at the 1966 Asian Games. He later became a journalist and sports producer with the Fuji Television Network.
Personal Best: 400 – 47.4 (1966).