Yoshinobu Miyake

Yoshinobu Miyake (三宅 義信, Miyake Yoshinobu, born November 24, 1939) is a retired Japanese weightlifter and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Lieutenant. He won one silver and two gold medals at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics and finished fourth in 1972. He also won world titles in 1962, 1963 and 1965–66. Between 1959 and 1969 Miyake set 25 official world records, including 10 consecutive records in the snatch and nine consecutive records in the total.[1][2] In 1993 he was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[3]

Yoshinobu Miyake
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Yoshinobu Miyake at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1939-11-24) November 24, 1939 (age 81)
Murata, Miyagi, Japan
Alma materHosei University
Height1.54 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight56–60 kg (123–132 lb)

Miyake was known for his signature "frog style" or "Miyake pull" lifting technique, in which he kept his heels together with knees spread outward to about 60 degrees with a wide grip on the bar, resembling a frog.[2][4]

After retiring from competitions Miyake coached the national weightlifting team. His brother Yoshiyuki Miyake and niece Hiromi Miyake also won Olympic medals in weightlifting. All three were shorter than 1.56 m.[1]


  1. ^ a b Yoshinobu Miyake. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Yoshinobu Miyake. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  4. ^ Miyake Yoshinobu. Encyclopædia Britannica

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