|Full name||SATOH Hiroji|
|Born||February 3, 1925|
|Died||June 4, 2000(aged 75)|
Hiroji Satoh (佐藤 博治, Satō Hiroji, 3 February 1925 – 4 June 2000) was a male international table tennis player from Japan.
Table Tennis career
From 1952 to 1953 he won two medals in the singles and team events in the World Table Tennis Championships and four medals in the Asian Table Tennis Championships. Hiroji was the first person to use a sponge on his racket, a common feature of all modern table tennis rackets. Although, at the time it may have seemed as though this technological advancement gave him an unfair advantage, it has truly brought table tennis into the modern age and as the Olympic sport we know today.
- Template:Http://old.ittf.com/ittf stats/All events3.asp?ID=6283 SATOH Hiroji (JPN) on ITTF site
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