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Yoshihiko Saito (斎藤 嘉彦, Saitō Yoshihiko, born 12 February 1972 in Tomioka, Gunma) is a Japanese athlete who specialized in the 400 metres hurdles.

With a personal best time of 48.64 seconds, achieved in October 1998 in Kumamoto, he is a former Asian record holder. The Asian record currently belongs to Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily with 47.53 seconds,[1] and the Japanese record to Dai Tamesue.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Japan
1990 Asian Junior Championships Beijing, China 1st 400 m hurdles 50.89
1st 4×400 m relay 3:12.47
World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2nd 400 m hurdles 49.99
7th 4×400 m relay 3:07.58
1991 Asian Championships Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st 400 m hurdles 50.46
Universiade Sheffield, United Kingdom 2nd 400 m hurdles 50.02
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 19th (h) 400 m hurdles 49.89
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 9th (h) 400 m hurdles 49.01
7th (h) 4×400 m relay 3:01.35
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 3rd 4×400 m relay 3:07.30
Universiade Buffalo, United States 2nd 400 m hurdles 49.61
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 16th (h) 400 m hurdles 49.43
11th (h) 4×400 m relay 3:02.43
1994 Asian Games Hiroshima, Japan 2nd 400 m hurdles 49.13
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 24th (h) 400 m hurdles 49.91
8th (h) 4×400 m relay 3:01.46
Universiade Fukuoka, Japan 3rd 400 m hurdles 49.18
4th 4×400 m relay 3:02.51
1997 East Asian Games Busan, South Korea 2nd 400 m hurdles 50.41
World Championships Athens, Greece 19th (sf) 400 m hurdles 49.60
1998 Asian Games Bangkok, Thailand 2nd 400 m hurdles 49.94

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