Koji Murofushi, Ph.D. (Biomechanics)
Sports Director at Tokyo2020
Professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Born in 1974 in Shizuoka prefecture
Koji Murofushi competed at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 in succession as a hammer thrower.
He was awarded the gold medal at the Athens 2004 Games and the bronze medal at the London 2012 Games.
He also won the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in 2011 at the age of 36. He became the first Japanese athlete to win gold medals at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
In 2014, he won an unprecedented 20th consecutive Japanese title at the Japan National Championships in Athletics.
He took his leave of professional athletic career in 2016. His personal best throw is 84.86m.
With respect to his academic career, he received Ph.D. in Biomechanics in2008. His professional interests focus on the prevention of athletes’ injuries and the improvement in individual performance from the aspect of integration of sport science and sport medicine.
At present, he is playing his active role as Sport Director in the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo2020).