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Akinori Nakayama

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 6
Silver 2
Bronze 2
Total 10
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAkinori•Nakayama
Used nameAkinori•Nakayama
Original name中山•彰規
Born1 March 1943 in Nagoya, Aichi (JPN)
Measurements163 cm / 59 kg
NOC Japan

Biography

Akinori Nakayama was the most successful male athlete at the 1968 Olympics, winning four gold medals, one silver and one bronze, yet his performances were somewhat overshadowed by a fellow gymnast, the elegant Věra Čáslavská. Nakayama had first made his mark two years earlier, when he won six medals at the World Championships in Dortmund, including golds in the team all-around, the floor exercise and the horizontal bar. In Mexico, he again joined the victorious Japanese team, with individual titles on the rings, the parallel bars and horizontal bar. Four more world titles followed in 1970 (team, rings, floor and parallel bars), and two Olympic ones in Munich, where he successfully defended his team and rings titles. Of note, Nakayama never won the individual all-around in any of these competition, although he also excelled in the combined event, winning it at the 1969 World Cup and 1965 and 1967 Universiade. Later a vice-president for the Japanese Gymnastics Federation, Nakayama was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) JPN Akinori Nakayama
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Japan 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 5
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =1 Gold
Rings, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =12 r1/2
1972 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) JPN Akinori Nakayama
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Japan 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =12 r1/1
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 5
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 5
Rings, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =6 r1/1

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