Masao Takemoto

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 3
Bronze 3
Total 7
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMasao•Takemoto
Used nameMasao•Takemoto
Original name竹本•正男
Born29 September 1919 in Hamada, Shimane (JPN)
Died2 February 2007 in ?, Kanagawa (JPN)
Measurements160 cm / 56 kg
NOC Japan

Biography

When Japan started its ascent as a gymnastics nation at the 1952 Olympics, Takemoto was the nation’s top gymnast, having won five consecutive national all-around titles since 1947. He débuted at the Olympics with a silver in the horse vault. His greatest successes came at the World Championships, winning the floor exercise title in both 1954 and 1958. He missed a medal in the 1956 floor event due to a poor compulsory exercise, but made up for it by winning three individual bronzes and a silver with the Japanese team. In 1960, when Takemoto was already 41, he added a third Olympic silver medal (on the bar) and crowned his career with an Olympic gold in the team all-around. Having completed his education at Nippon Sport Science University, he went on to become the coach of the Japanese men’s gymnastics team. In 1997, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) JPN Masao Takemoto
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) =15
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Japan 5
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =11
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =71
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =17
Rings, Men (Olympic) 6
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =69
1956 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) JPN Masao Takemoto
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 4
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Japan 2 Silver
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =16
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 6
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Rings, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =7
1960 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) JPN Masao Takemoto
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) =5
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Japan 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =14 r1/2
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 7 r1/2
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 6
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Rings, Men (Olympic) 8 r1/2
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =26 r1/2