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Akinori Nakayama
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Akinori Nakayama in 1966
Personal information
Country represented  Japan
Born (1943-03-01) March 1, 1943 (age 80)
Nagoya, Empire of Japan
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City Team
Gold 1968 Mexico City Rings
Gold 1968 Mexico City Parallel bars
Gold 1968 Mexico City Horizontal bar
Gold 1972 Munich Team
Gold 1972 Munich Rings
Silver 1968 Mexico City Floor exercise
Silver 1972 Munich Floor exercise
Bronze 1968 Mexico City All-around
Bronze 1972 Munich All-around
World Championships
Gold 1966 Dortmund Team
Gold 1966 Dortmund Floor
Gold 1966 Dortmund Horizontal bar
Gold 1970 Ljubljana Team
Gold 1970 Ljubljana Floor
Gold 1970 Ljubljana Rings
Gold 1970 Ljubljana Parallel bars
Silver 1966 Dortmund Rings
Silver 1970 Ljubljana Horizontal bar
Bronze 1966 Dortmund All-around
Bronze 1966 Dortmund Vault
Bronze 1970 Ljubljana All-around

Akinori Nakayama (中山 彰規, Nakayama Akinori, born March 1, 1943) is a Japanese gymnast and Olympic gold medalist. Nakayama was born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, and is a graduate of Chukyo University in Nagoya. Nakayama is one of only two gymnasts to become an Olympic Champion in rings twice, the first to do so being Albert Azaryan.

He won six medals at the World Championships in 1966, including three gold medals in the team all-around, the floor exercise and the horizontal bar. Two years later, with four gold, one silver and one bronze medals he became the most successful male athlete at the 1968 Summer Olympics. In 1970, he won another four world titles: in team competition, on rings, floor and parallel bars. He won four more medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

After retirement he was the vice-president of the Japanese Gymnastics Federation. He also served as a gymnastics coach at his alma mater, Chukyo University. In 2005, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Competitive history

Year Event Team AA FX PH SR VT PB HB
Summer Universiade 1 1
World Championships 1 3 1 2 3 1
All Japan Championships 1
NHK Trophy 1
Summer Universiade 1 1
1968 All Japan Championships 1
Olympic Games 1 3 2 12 1 5 1 1
1969 NHK Trophy 1
1970 All Japan Championships 1
NHK Trophy 1
World Championships 1 3 1 1 6 1 2
1971 All Japan Championships 1
Summer Olympics 1 3 2 7 1 12 5 5

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