Hiroji Satoh

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Hiroji Satoh
Full name SATOH Hiroji
Nationality  Japan
Born (1925-02-03)February 3, 1925
Died June 4, 2000(2000-06-04) (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[edit]

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 seen 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.[1]

He won gold medal in the team event at the 1952 World Table Tennis Championships[2] [3] and a bronze medal in the men's singles at the 1952 World Table Tennis Championships.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SATOH Hiroji (JPN) on ITTF site
  2. ^ Montague, Trevor (2004). A-Z of Sport, pages 699-700. The Bath Press. ISBN 0-316-72645-1. 
  3. ^ Matthews/Morrison, Peter/Ian (1987). The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Sports Records and Results, pages 309-312. Guinness Superlatives. ISBN 0-85112-492-5. 
  4. ^ "Table Tennis World Championship medal winners". Sports123.