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Masao Takemoto Dies at 87
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Three-time Japanese Olympian Masao Takemoto died Feb. 5 in Kanagawa, Japan. He was 87.

Takemoto competed at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games, and won individual medals in each. At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, he tied for 15th place all-around and placed second on vault. At the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Takemoto was fourth all-around, third (tie) on parallel bars, third on high bar and second with his team. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, a 41-year-old Takemoto placed fifth (tie) all-around, second on high bar and first with his team.

Takemoto won the gold medal on floor exercise at the 1954 and 1958 World Championships. In addition to those victories, he tied for 15th all-around and won the bronze medal on high bar in 1954; and placed fourth all-around, second on vault and third (tie) on high bar in 1958.

"I loved gymnastics," Takemoto said in 1997, when he was part of the inaugural induction class to the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. "Before I knew it I was 40 years of age."

Takemoto's name is in the Code of Points for a jam-shoot to full turn on high bar.

International Gymnastics Magazine Related Feature
1997 Hall of Fame Induction feature (August/September 1997)

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