BIRTHDAY – 6 April: Anton Geesink (Judo)

JUDO – If Anton Geesink were still alive today, he would be 78 years old. The man mountain Geesink achieved the incredible. He defeated the Japanese home favourite Akio Kaminaga at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. In spite of the disbelief of the home crowd, Geesink won the hearts of all onlookers by showing his opponent the respect commanded by this sport – by waving off his onrushing entourage out of acknowledgment for the holy tatami.

Shares birthday with: Anthony Fokker, Gheorghe Zamfir, Barry Levinson

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