February 13, 1948 |
Okayama Prefecture, Japan
|Height||161 cm (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb)|
|Discipline||Men's artistic gymnastics|
Eizo Kenmotsu (監物永三 Kenmotsu Eizō, born February 13, 1948) is a former Japanese artistic gymnast, who won seven world titles and three Olympic gold medals between 1968 and 1979. In retirement, he became a leading Japanese coach. He also served as sports director of the Nippon Sport Science University and vice president of the Japan Gymnastics Association. In 2006, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Shirai was 20 years and 8 months old in October 1968, Kenmotsu became the youngest artistic gymnast in Japanese history to win an Olympic gold medal after the team event finals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and had held on to this longstanding record for almost 48 years until recently when it finally was broken by Kenzō Shirai, who in August 2016 was only 19 years and 11 months old, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro–also after the team event finals. Coincidentally, they had both similarly each won one other medal, an individual event bronze medal–Kenmotsu on horizontal bar and Shirai on vault–in their respective aforementioned Olympics.
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