Ex-triple jumper Kogake dies

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Former triple jump world record holder and ex-Japanese Olympic Committee vice president Teruji Kogake died of liver failure at a Tokyo hospital Sunday evening. He was 77.Kogake set a then-world record of 16.48 meters in the triple jump just before the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956 but suffered an ankle injury and could only manage an eighth-place finish in Melbourne. After his retirement, Kogake, who was born in Hiroshima, held senior posts at the Japan Association of Athletics Federations.Kogake caused controversy on a number of occasions by picking athletes to compete in Olympic marathons based on past achievements, not results at qualifying competitions.He selected Toshihiko Seko for the men’s marathon at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and sparked a national debate when Yuko Arimori was picked over Akemi Matsuno to run in the women’s marathon at the Barcelona Games four years later.Kogake served as Japan’s athletics coach at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the Seoul Olympics and was the country’s delegation head for the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998 and Pusan, South Korea, in 2002. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img