Shinji Hosokawa

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Shinji Hosokawa
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's judo
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles -60 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul -60 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1985 Seoul -60 kg
Silver medal – second place 1987 Essen -60 kg

Shinji Hosokawa (細川伸二, Hosokawa Shinji, born on January 2, 1960 in Ichinomiya, Hyogo, Japan) is a retired Japanese judoka who won two Olympic medals during the 1980s.


Hosokawa began judo in junior-high school,[1] and won the Japanese inter-high school judo competition in 1977. He entered Tenri University in 1978,[1] and continued his success by winning the college-level world judo championship in 1979 and 1980.

After graduating from Tenri University, he began work as a teacher for a school in Nara Prefecture in 1982. He was chosen as the -60 kg representative for the Japanese olympic judo team for the 1984 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal by defeating future gold medalist Kim Jae-Yup only 69 seconds into the match.[1] He also won a gold medal at the 1985 World Judo Championships, but retired to concentrate on his work as a teacher. He restarted his judo career in 1987 with a silver medal at the 1987 World Judo Championships, and retired after finishing with a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[2]

Hosokawa has served as an instructor for the Japanese Olympic Committee since April, 1997, where he coached many lightweight judoka, most notably 3-time gold medalist Tadahiro Nomura, whose father was Hosokawa's coach during high school. He also coaches judo at Tenri University, and for the All Japan Judo Federation.

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  1. ^ a b c "細川伸二-持ち前の強心臓で一気に勝ち抜く". Sankei Sports. Archived from the original on 2008-09-07.
  2. ^ Olympic Sports

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