Great Olympians

Biographies - KAT

Vasilios Katekhis

Olympic Competitor nr 2710

Sawao Kato

B. 1946-10-11, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Gymnastics (8 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
1968 1972 1976 HP
Individual Combined gold gold silver 25200
Team Combined gold gold gold 9600
Parallel Bars gold gold 3200
Floor Exercises gold sixth fifth 2512.5
Pommeled Horse silver fifth 1250
Horizontal Bar silver 1000
Rings bronze fourth sixth 1320
Vaults fifth 250

In Mexico City, although trailing behind Mikhail Voronin and Akinori Nakayama after the compulsory exercises, this diminutive gymnast, 1.62m tall and 54kg, produced an inspiring 9.9 mark on the floor exercises to give him the overall title. Kato was an all-rounder, not a specialist; in fact he won only six medals (on the floor gold in 1968, on the bar gold in 1976 and silver in 1972, on the parallel bars gold in 1972, silver on the horse in 1972 and bronze on the rings in 1968) in individual items, although in '68, this was due to an injury, sustained during the floor exercise. He was an easier combined winner in München, where he headed a clean sweep of Japanese medallists. In Montreal he came second in the individual combined, but he helped Japan to their fifth team title in a row.
His older brother Takashi (B. 1942) was also part of the Japanese team in Mexico, earning gold and bronze.

Katona Gyula

Olympic Competitor nr 1178

N. Katravas

Olympic Competitor nr 233

Mikhail Katsoulis

Olympic Competitor nr 2711

Edgar Katzenstein

Olympic Competitor nr 1452

Walter Katzenstein

Olympic Competitor nr 1447

Richard Katzer

Olympic Competitor nr 3481

Written 2001-10-04 - last modified 2011-08-13

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