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    RIP Saito Hitoshi 1961-2015

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    NBK

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    RIP Saito Hitoshi 1961-2015

    Post by NBK on Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:02 pm

    He died today 54yo.
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    Re: RIP Saito Hitoshi 1961-2015

    Post by NBK on Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:16 pm


    Two-time Olympic judo champion Saito dies at age 54
    Hitoshi Saito raises his arms in victory on the winner's podium at the Seoul Olympics, where he won a gold medal in judo, in this Oct. 1, 1988, file photo. (Mainichi)

    Hitoshi Saito raises his arms in victory on the winner's podium at the Seoul Olympics, where he won a gold medal in judo, in this Oct. 1, 1988, file photo. (Mainichi)


    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Hitoshi Saito, a two-time Olympic judo champion and head of the All Japan Judo Federation's committee for enhancement, died of intrahepatic bile duct cancer Tuesday in Osaka, an AJJF official said. He was 54.

    Saito won gold medals at two consecutive Olympic Games, in Los Angeles in 1984 and Seoul in 1988, in the men's over 95-kilogram category.

    He was also known as a close rival of Yasuhiro Yamashita, who won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in the open weight class and currently serves as the AJJF vice president.

    They fought in the final of the All-Japan judo championship for three straight years from 1983. Saito lost in those bouts but claimed the national title in 1988.

    After retiring as a player, Saito served as the men's national team coach for the Athens Olympics in 2004 and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The Aomori Prefecture native became head of the AJJF's committee for enhancement in November 2012.
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    Japanese TV just had an interview with Yamashita, who said he visited Saito sensei at the hospital, where Saito voiced his hope for the revitalization of Japanese júdó.

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    Re: RIP Saito Hitoshi 1961-2015

    Post by Jonesy on Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:20 pm

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/olympic-judo-gold-medallist-hitoshi-saito-dies-080332198.html


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    Re: RIP Saito Hitoshi 1961-2015

    Post by noboru on Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:23 pm

    As remembrance to Hiroshi Saito.

    Excellent game of heroes "Yamashita VS Saitou"


    The video is with english subtitles.

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