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Masao Takemoto1997

Masao Takemoto - Japan

Masao Takemoto
Maseo Takemoto, Class of 1997, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

MASAO TAKEMOTO, along with his fellow gymnasts from Japan, held tight control over men's international gymnastics for many years. The men's team from Japan dominated the world and Olympic championships for several decades. , Mr. Takemoto compiled a fantastic record as part of that era, winning more than 10 Olympic and World Championship medals. At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Masao Takemoto won the gold team medal and the silver medal on the horizontal bar, while finished 5th in the All-Around -- all at the age of 41.
As one of his country's most honored gymnasts, Mr. Takemoto was nominated for induction into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame by his national federation, the Japan Gymnastics Association, in 1996.

1952 OLYMPIC GAMES
Silver Medalist:
- Vault

1954 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold Medalist & World Champion:
- Floor Exercise
Silver Medalist:
- Team
Bronze Medalist:
- Parallel Bars

1956 OLYMPIC GAMES
Bronze Medalist:
- Rings
- Parallel Bars
- Horizontal Bar

1958 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold Medalist & World Champion:
- Floor Exercise
Silver Medalist:
- Vaulting
- Team
Bronze Medalist:
- Horizontal Bar

1960 OLYMPIC GAMES
Gold Medalist & Olympic Champion:
- Team
Silver Medalist:
- Horizontal Bar
5th in the All-Around

1997 Inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall Of Fame

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