Masato Uchishiba

Masato Uchishiba (内柴 正人, Uchishiba Masato, born 17 June 1978 in Kōshi, Kumamoto) is a Japanese judoka who won the gold medal in the men's under 66 kg division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[1]

Uchishiba in 2017.
Masato Uchishiba
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's judo
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 66 kg
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing 66 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Cairo 66 kg
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Busan 60 kg
Gold medal – first place 2001 Beijing 60 kg


To win the Olympic gold at Athens, he defeated Jozef Krnáč of Slovakia. Of winning the gold, he said, "I wanted this so badly I wouldn't have cared if it was my last fight ever," though his comments were officially translated as: "It is probably my last Olympics, that is why I am proud of my medal." At the 2005 Judo World Championships, he won silver in his division. He also won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics against Benjamin Darbelet of France.

Starting in April 2010, Uchishiba coached the women's judo team at Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare in Kumamoto Prefecture. In November 2011, the school released Uchishiba from his coaching position following sexual harassment allegations.[2] On 6 December 2011, he was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of rape in Tokyo in September 2011. Uchishiba said that the act was consensual.[3][4] On 1 February 2013, Tokyo District Court has declined his claim as "impossible to trust", and sentenced him to 5 years in prison.[5]



  1. ^ "Olympic medalists".
  2. ^ Agence France-Presse/Jiji Press, "Olympic judo champ fired for sex harassment", Japan Times, 30 November 2011, p. 16.
  3. ^ Japanese judo champ arrested for sexual assault ESPN, 6 December 2011
  4. ^ Brasor, Philip, "Wrestling with the serious issue of rape", Japan Times, 18 December 2011, p. 11.
  5. ^ Westlake, Adam (1 February 2013). "Tokyo court finds Olympic judo champion Uchishiba guilty of rape, gives 5 year prison sentence". The Japan Daily Press. Retrieved 1 February 2013.

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