GEESINK Anton (1934), Netherlands / Judo
When judo became an Olympic sport for men at the 1964 Tokyo summer Olympics ,everyone expected the Japanese to walk away with the medal. However a Dutch colossus, Anton Geesink outdid them. He had already been World Champion in all categories for three years. Geesink's strength was not just his weight (1.98 meters for 118 kg) but also his tactics. He had worked a lot with Japanese masters to perfect his technique. Geesink is still an institution in Holland. He is truly popular and many streets bear his name. Today he is the Dutch representative on the International Olympic Committee.