Yoriko Okamoto

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Yoriko Okamoto
Medal record
Women's taekwondo
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney 67 kg
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok Lightweight
Asian Championships
Silver medal – second place 1994 Manila Welterweight
Silver medal – second place 1996 Melbourne Welterweight
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Ho Chi Minh City Welterweight
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Bangkok Welterweight

Yoriko Okamoto (岡本 依子?, Okamoto Yoriko, born September 6, 1971 in Osaka) is the first Japanese athlete to become an Olympic taekwondo medalist, winning the bronze medal at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics in the 57–67 kg weight class.[1]

After beginning karate at age 12, she attended Waseda University in Tokyo. She spent her junior year of college studying abroad in the United States at the University of Oregon, where she began learning Taekwondo.

Okamoto is a 1996 graduate of the Waseda School of Human Sciences, and currently works at Runes Kanazawa Co. Ltd.


  1. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia – Taekwondo" Archived 2008-08-23 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on August 9, 2010)

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