Haruhiro Yamashita

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Haruhiro Yamashita
Haruhiro Yamashita 1964b.jpg
Yamashita at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born (1938-11-11) November 11, 1938 (age 80)
Uwajima, Ehime, Japan
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics

Haruhiro Yamashita (山下 治広, Yamashita Haruhiro, born November 11, 1938) is a Japanese gymnast, who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics. He won two gold medals, in the vault and team combined exercises.[1]

After marriage he changed his last name from Yamashita to Matsuda (松田). In 1961, he graduated from Nippon Sport Science University, where in 1983 he became professor and later professor emeritus.[2] In the early 1970s he was an assistant gymnastics coach under Roger Council at the Indiana State University. There he began his research on biorhythms.[3]

Yamashita also trained the national gymnastics team, at the 1976 Summer Olympics and at the Asian Games in 1990,[2] and held senior positions with the Japan Gymnastics Association.[4]

In 2000 Yamashita was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[5] He is an honorary citizen of his native town of Uwajima.[4]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Haruhiro Yamashita". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ a b 松田(山下)治廣 (まつだ やました はるひろ) (1938~  ) Archived 2013-02-18 at Archive.today. i-manabi.jp
  3. ^ 松田治廣氏 (旧姓 山下治廣氏). bymebyme.jp
  4. ^ a b 宇和島市の名誉市民に. fmkagawa.co.jp
  5. ^ "HARUHIRO YAMASHITA". International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 12, 2007.

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