Yoshinori Sakai was born on the day of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
He was chosen for the role to symbolize Japan's postwar reconstruction and peace. At the time he was a member of Waseda University's running club.
After the Olympic games, he won a gold medal in 1600 m relay and a silver in 400 m at 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok. He joined Fuji Television in 1968 as a journalist and worked mainly in the fields of news and sports. He never actually competed in the Olympics.
- Tokyo 2016 website
- Masuda, Masafumi (2004). "JOC - 東京オリンピックから40年 (Forty years from Tokyo Olympics)" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
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