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Medal record

Koji Murofushi at the 2007 World Championships
Competitor for  Japan
Men's athletics
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens Hammer
Bronze 2008 Beijing Hammer
World Championships
Silver 2001 Edmonton Hammer
Bronze 2003 Paris Hammer
Asian Games
Silver 1994 Hiroshima Hammer
Gold 1998 Bangkok Hammer
Gold 2002 Busan Hammer

Koji Alexander Murofushi (室伏 アレクサンダー 広治 Murofushi Arekusandā Kōji ?, born October 8, 1974 in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese hammer thrower. He has been among the world elite since the 2001 World Championships, where he won the silver medal, and also he won the gold medal in Athens Olympics.

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Career

Before the 2001 World Championships he had made his mark in Asian athletics. He won the silver medal at the 1994 Asian Games and the gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games.[1] At the Asian Championships he won silver medals in 1993, 1995 and 1998.[2] In global events, he finished eighth at the 1992 World Junior Championships, tenth at the 1997 World Championships and ninth at the 2000 Olympic Games.

After the 2001 World Championships he proceeded by winning the 2002 Asian Championships and Asian Games as well as a silver medal at the 2002 World Cup and a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships. That year he threw 84.86 metres, which was the longest hammer throw in over ten years, putting Murofushi fifth on the all-time performer's list. Among the favorites at the 2004 Summer Olympics, he eventually won the gold medal after the disqualification of Adrian Annus.

In July 2006 he won the World Athletics Final and the World Cup. He finished sixth at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, third at the 2007 World Athletics Final, and third at the 2008 Olympic Games, after the doping disqualification of original medalists Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan in December 2008.[3]

At the 2009 Japanese Championships, Murofushi retained his national title, winning his fifteenth consecutive championships at the event.[4]

Personal life

Koji Murofushi comes from a hammer throwing family, as his father Shigenobu Murofushi is a former Olympian and held the Japanese record for 23 years until his son broke it, and his sister, Yuka Murofushi, throws both hammer and discus. Murofushi's mother, Serafina Móritz, was an ethnic-Hungarian javelin thrower from Romania, European Junior champion in 1968, and Romanian senior champion in 1970.[5] She is now a glass painter, and lives in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture.[6]

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