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Sawao Kato

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 8
Silver 3
Bronze 1
Total 12
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameSawao•Kato
Used nameSawao•Kato
Original name加藤•澤男
Born11 October 1946 in Gosen, Niigata (JPN)
Measurements163 cm / 59 kg
NOC(s) Japan

Biography

Japan’s Sawao Kato set an Olympic record for men by winning eight gold medals in gymnastics. He was a member of the winning all-around team in 1968, 1972 and 1976, and also won the individual title on the first two occasions, but he had to settle for a silver medal in 1976. His other gold medals came in the individual floor exercises (1968) and the individual parallel bars (1972, 1976). Strangely, Kato never won an individual championship of any kind at the World Championships, but he was on the winning Japanese team in 1974.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Japan    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Japan 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =5 r1/2
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 3 r1/2
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic =3 r1/2
  Rings, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =8 r1/2
1972 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Japan    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Japan 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 6
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =4
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Rings, Men Olympic 4
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 2 Silver
1976 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Japan    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Japan 1 Gold
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic 5
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic =7 r1/1
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 4 r1/1
  Rings, Men Olympic 6
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 5

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