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Yae Sagara

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameYae•Sagara
Used nameYae•Sagara
Original name相良•八重
Born27 November 1913 in ?, Chiba (JPN)
Died29 April 1967
Measurements166 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsJapan Women's College of Physical Education, Setagaya (JPN)
NOC Japan


Yae Sagara was raised in the Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. In 1932 she entered the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education. Winning the high jump at the Japanese Athletics Championships in the same year earned her a place on the team for the Los Angeles Olympics. After graduation she worked as a physical education teacher in Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

In 1940 Sagara married a member of the esteemed Maeda family. After having a heart attack in 1966, she collapsed on her way to the city council election and died in the arms of her husband. She is known to have served as the model for the heroine in the novel The Fruit of Olympus published in 1940 by Hidemitsu Tanaka, a well-known novelist and rowing Olympian.

Personal Best: HJ - 1.50 (1932).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics JPN Yae Sagara
High Jump, Women (Olympic) 9