Yukio Endō

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Yukio Endō (遠藤 幸雄, Endō Yukio, January 18, 1937 – March 25, 2009) was a Japanese artistic gymnast, Olympic champion and world champion. He was part of the first Japanese team that succeeded to win gold medals in the team event at the Summer Olympics (1960) and World Championships (1962). In 1964 he won the first individual all-around Olympic gold medal for Japan. He was the flag bearer at the 1968 Summer Olympics.[5]

Yukio Endō
Yukio Endo 1964b.jpg
Endō at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born(1937-01-18)January 18, 1937
Yanaisado, Hiroomote, Akita-ken, Japan[1][2]
DiedMarch 25, 2009(2009-03-25) (aged 72)
Surugadai Nihon University Hospital, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo[3][4]
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics


Endō won gold medals with the Japanese team in three Olympics, in 1960, 1964 and 1968.[6][7][8] At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, he also received two individual gold medals, in parallel bars, and in individual all-around.[7][9]

World championshipsEdit

Endō received six individual medals at the 1962 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, including a gold medal in floor exercise, and Japan also won the team competition.[10] He received two individual silver medals at the 1966 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and Japan won the team competition.[10]

National championshipsEdit

Endō in 1966

Endō was a four-time Japanese all-around champion.

Biography and awardsEdit

Endō was born in a family of pharmacists, but his mother died from tuberculosis[11] when he was a nine-year-old student at Hiroomote Elementary School.[1] He studied at Kubota Junior High School[12] and Akita Technical High School and than at the Tokyo University of Education (now the University of Tsukuba), graduating in 1959. He later worked as assistant instructor of physical education at Nihon University.[5]

He retired after the 1968 Olympics to become a gymnastics coach and eventually professor at Nihon University. He also coached the national team at the 1972 Olympics, acted as director of the Japanese Olympic Committee and was twice appointed as vice-president of the Japan Gymnastic Association. In 1996, he received the Japanese Emperor's Medal, and in 1999 induced into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[10][5]

Endō died of esophageal cancer on March 25, 2009.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b 広面小学校年表パネル (PDF) (in Japanese). Hiroomote Elementary School. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ "KANASA".
  3. ^ "遠藤幸雄さん死去、体操ニッポンをけん引 - スポーツニュース".
  4. ^ "追悼・遠藤選手は僕らのヒーローだった".
  5. ^ a b c Martin Childs (May 16, 2009) Yukio Endo: Gymnast who won five gold medals at the Olympic Games. The Independent
  6. ^ "1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy – Gymnastics" Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 1, 2008)
  7. ^ a b "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Gymnastics" Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback Machine databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 1, 2008)
  8. ^ "1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico – Gymnastics" Archived 2008-09-29 at the Wayback Machine databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on April 1, 2008)
  9. ^ Yukio Endo. sports-reference.com
  10. ^ a b c "Yukio Endo – Japan". International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "15 « 12月 « 2010 « Npo法人 愛知スポーツ倶楽部".
  12. ^ "エンドー/遠藤幸雄(体操選手)/72歳 - サーカスな日々".
  13. ^ Turner, Amanda. "Gymnastics Loses Olympic Champion Yukio Endo". International Gymnast Magazine Online. Retrieved 2018-06-23.

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