- Title: FILE/FRANCE: JUDO: Dutch judo Olympian Anton Geesink dies at 76
- Date: 29th August 2010
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (DECEMBER 2, 1961) (REUTERS) (ORIGINALLY 4:3 MATERIAL) FREEZE FRAME OF ANTON GEESINK ANTON GEESINK AND AKIO KAMINAGA OF JAPAN ENGAGED IN QUARTER-FINAL OF THE WORLD JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS KAMINAGA IS THROWN TWICE BY GEESINK CROWD GEESINK ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE WINNER CROWD GEESINK AND KOJI SONE OF JAPAN IN FINAL BOUT CROWD GEESINK GEESINK AND SONE ON FLOOR GEESINK WINS CROWD GEESINK WITH CUP
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- Topics: Obituaries,Sports
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- Story Text: Dutch judo Olympic champion Anton Geesink, the first non-Japanese to win a world judo championship, has died at the age of 76.
Dutch state broadcaster NOS said Geesink, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member since 1987, died on Friday (August 27) from a brief illness after spending the past few weeks in hospital.
Geesink shocked the Japanese judo establishment by winning a world championship title in 1961, the first non-Japanese to do so. At the age of 28, the Dutchman defeated Koji Sone to end Japan's monopoly of world titles.
He also won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
Geesink won further world championship titles in 1964 and 1965 and won a total of 21 European judo championship titles and was several times Dutch judo champion, the IOC said in a statement.
It said it was "greatly saddened" to learn of Geesink's death, adding that he had dedicated his entire career to the promotion of judo and its values.
"A giant has just passed away," the International Judo Federation said on its website, adding that Geesink's work to promote the sport had helped make it universally popular.
Born in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, Geesink was a tenth dan judoka.
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